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Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has ordered 61 Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens Mobility; calling on a further option from the framework contract signed in January 2017 for the delivery of up to 200 vehicles.
This brings the total number of locomotives ordered to date to 108. The locomotives will be operated by the Rail Cargo Group, the freight division of ÖBB, and are planned for cross-border freight service in several European countries.
The locomotives will be built at Siemens Mobility’s factory in Munich-Allach, and deliveries will begin in March 2020.
“The fact that ÖBB is again calling an option from the standing framework contract confirms the reliability and performance of our Vectron platform. It provides sustainable value creation over the entire lifecycle, thus enabling our customer to make long-term plans for the future,” said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility.
The locomotives have a maximum output of 6.4 megawatts and a top speed of 160km/h, and are equipped with the required national train control systems as well as ETCS.
Siemens Mobility has already sold over 800 Vectrons to a total of 42 customers. The fleet of locomotives currently in service has already covered more than 180 million kilometres; the locomotives are certified to operate in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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