European Train Control System (ETCS)

Increase the level of safety on the entire Luxembourg rail network.


  • Start date : 2003
  • End date : 2017
  • Location : Whole network


  • 87_Projet-Securite
  • 88_Projet-Reseau-gare
  • 86_Projet-Digitalisation

Since 20th July, 2017, the entire Luxembourg rail network has been equipped with the ETCS level 1 European train control system, authorised by the Railway Administration (Administration des Chemins de Fer).

The ETCS system consists of an infrastructure part and a part within the train cab.
As for the infrastructure part, beacons are installed between the tracks that transmit all important information to the train. An on-board computer installed in the train cab processes the information received and transmits it to the driver via a bulletin board also known as DMI (Driver machine interface). The driver is thus informed of the maximum authorised speed of the train, the distance to be traveled and any other signaling data indicated along the tracks.


Going faster than the authorised speed is signaled by the ETCS, through a sound signal and a visible alarm signal in the train cab. The ETCS than takes over the conduct of the train. In other words, an emergency brake is activated in order to stop the train safely in front of / before the next main stationary signal.
As a speed control system, the ETCS system therefore strongly contributes to maintaining the most advanced safety levels.

The implementation of ETCS system on the Luxembourg rail network has been co-financed by the European Union. As a European standard, the ETCS system enables the interoperability of rolling stock on European infrastructures. It allows trains from other European countries to circulate safely on the Luxembourg rail network.


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