Austrian Railways (ÖBB) has signed a framework contract with Siemens for the delivery of up to 200 Vectron locomotives. Under the contract, up to 100 alternating current (AC) locomotives, 50 alternating current (AC) locomotives with diesel power modules, and 50 multisystem (MS) locomotives can be called up. A firm order for 30 MS locomotives was placed at the signing. The locomotives will be built in the Siemens plant in Munich-Allach, Germany. The first units are to be delivered beginning in summer of 2018.
“Winning the biggest tender for locomotives in Europe underscores one thing above all: the capability of our Vectron platform. It offers the greatest flexibility throughout the locomotive’s entire lifecycle. And for operators that means they can make long-term plans for the future,” said Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens Mobility Division.
The locomotives will be operated by the Rail Cargo Group, the freight division of ÖBB. They will be used for cross-border freight transport in Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. In addition to having national control systems, all locomotives will also be equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS). The locomotives have a maximum output of 6,400 KW and a top speed of 160 km/h.