ABB Rail

Power and Automation Technology for Train Makers to Rail Operators

ABB rail and urban transportation – Writing the future of mobility

When it comes to low-emission transport and fast, safe mobility, rail travel is difficult to beat. Urban centers are increasingly turning to high-speed trains to improve intercity connections, install light rail, metro systems and trams to alleviate congestion, reduce emissions and improve quality of life.

ABB has been a pioneer in rail technologies for over a century and continues to develop, manufacture and service critical components introducing new technologies for both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) urban rail transport applications. ABB is also working with partners to upgrade trains to meet future needs as sustainable transport enters a new era. This includes leading integrated and collaborative digital solutions with ABB Ability.

ABB provides power and automation technology for customers ranging from train makers to rail operators. It designs, engineers and commissions solutions to deliver safe, reliable, and cost effective rail freight and passenger transportation solutions.

ABB’s product offering includes traction transformers,motors and converters to move vehicles quickly and reliably. And for diesel trains, ABB’s generators and turbo chargers boost efficiency and power. To protect and control the electrical equipment in trains, ABB offers circuit breakers, contactors, connection devices and all types of electronic relays and timers for on-board applications.

The portfolio also includes power system solutions including traction substations that feed and distribute electricity to the lines, as well as high- and medium- voltage switch gear, converters and transformers necessary to power trains at a frequency they can use. ABB also delivers technologies to improve power quality and protect the network from voltage disturbances.

ABB AbilityTM : Keeping services on track
ABB also offers complete service, maintenance and refurbishment solutions, which are becoming increasingly important as rail operators seek cost-effective solutions to update or retrofit fleets to meet the demands of the future. As part of its service offering, ABB provides software-based solutions to facilitate the integration of operational and information technologies and enable asset health management.

Products

AC Traction Power Supply

ABB offers a comprehensive range of AC traction substations for all types of applications including regional railway networks, dedicated freight and high speed lines. Traction voltages are normally 15 or 25 kV, but other voltage …

DC Traction Power Supply

ABB offers a comprehensive range of DC traction substations for all types of applications including urban transport systems, suburban and mainline railways. Standardized traction voltages are 750 V DC, 1500 V DC and 3000 V DC. The …

Wayside Energy Storage Systems

ABB now offers DC traction substations with energy storage capabilities. This allows energy to be recovered from braking trains.  What would otherwise happen is that any energy that cannot be passed to a nearby accelerating train …

Braking Energy Recuperation Systems

ABB now offers DC traction substations with braking energy recuperation capabilities. This allows energy to be recovered from braking trains. What would otherwise happen is that any energy that cannot be passed to a nearby, accelerating, …

Relion® RER670 Railway Application

Rapid urbanization plus the urgent need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are driving substantial new interest and investment in the transportation sector. Because of their specialized nature, traction power protection and control systems can be …

Surge Arresters

Safe and reliable protection of electrical equipment ABB surge arresters are the primary protection against atmospheric and switching over voltages. ABB offers a complete range of surge arresters for high and medium voltage applications. The range comprises …

BORDLINE® M Auxiliary Converters and Battery Chargers

BORDLINE M static converters are compact, lightweight units for the onboard power supplies of rail vehicles. They feature IGBT technology and a rugged mechanical design developed especially to ensure long service life and high availability. The …

Traction Converters

ABB offers a comprehensive range of high performance products for use in the demanding "onboard" railway business. Our products and solutions include best-in-class traction technology for new vehicle design and retrofit. Individual components Traction converters (propulsion converters …

Traction Transformers

Traction transformers are critical components in the traction chain, affecting both train performance and operator services. ABB supplies traction transformers for all applications: high-speed, commuter and regional trains, locomotives, tram-trains and AC metros offering different …

UPS Power Protection and Control

Powering the railways ABB is a comprehensive solution provider to the railway sector, working with rail customers to tailor standard solutions that meet individual needs. As a leading global supplier of technology innovations for both train manufacturers and railway operators, …

Enviline™ DCGear

DC switchgear for traction power supply applications ABB’s comprehensive products and solutions portfolio covers all functional requirements of modern traction power supply systems. Enviline DCGear serves as control and protection equipment in DC traction networks. It is …
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Electrical Houses (eHouse)

Custom-engineered, walk-in metal enclosure specifically built to protect critical electrical equipment in the power distribution network. Electrical House (eHouse), also called Power House, is a prefabricated walk-in modular outdoor enclosure to house a medium voltage (MV) …

Outdoor compact substation module for railway applications

Single- or two-phase outdoor module with vacuum breaker for AC railway power supply up to 27. 5 kV, 2000 A, 50/60 Hz. The module is a factory assembled frame fitted with FSK II breakers, a motor-operated …

Transformers for railway

The electric energy for railways is supplied as high voltage to the catenary feeder substations, where the voltage is reduced to a suitable level and fed to the railway catenary conductors to be used by …

Rail SFC Light

Railway power grids need to be operated independently from the public power grid. Railway power supplies are single phase systems. Progressively the public three phase AC network is being interconnected to the railway grid via static …

Rail SFC PCS 6000

ABB’s static frequency conversion solutions ensure grid compatibility of traction power supplies, while optimizing performance of railway corridors. The majority of the electric energy used by railways is drawn from national grids. However, the number of …

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Zurich
Switzerland
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