Cabling and panels for new (V)IRM trains

Over the years, the Dutch Railways have placed orders for various part-series of interregional intercity double-decker (IRM) trains with rail vehicle producer Bombardier Transportation. The basic design of the IRM double-decker originates from the beginning of the 1990s. During each follow-up assignment, various modernisations were carried out on the extended VIRM trains. The total VIRM fleet now consists of 178 trains with 873 carriages.

Alstom Transport
The Netherlands
Rolling stock
The Netherlands


Strukton Rolling Stock was commissioned by Alstom Transport to engineer and deliver prefabricated bundles of cables, along with the installation work and testing of the carriages on site. The assignment was subsequently expanded to include the delivery of various control and power supply panels. Throughout the engineering process, Strukton Rolling Stock was closely involved in integrating the different subsystems into the carriages.

An engine-driven VIRM train consists of four to five carriages and is a complex body of safety systems and numerous subsystems divided across different variations of carriage types mBvk1, ABv34, ABv5, ABv6, mBv7 and mBvk2. In addition to the switch panels, kilometres of cabling are needed to control and supply these systems with power.