Bombardier Transportation and the leasing company Railpool have signed a framework agreement for the delivery of 65 BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives, with a first call-off of 35 locomotives and an option of up to 30 additional locomotives. The total potential contract value is up to 250 million euro (340 million US). The value of the call-off based on the list price is approximately 135 million euro (184 million US).
This contract extends the operating range of the TRAXXlocomotives: The MS locomotive will operate on the new East-West corridor linking Poland with the Netherlands. The AC locomotive will operate not only in Germany, Switzerland and Austria but also in Hungary and Romania and will be newly equipped with ETCS (European Train Control System) and Last Mile functionality. The last mile feature, an additional diesel-electric engine plus battery, enables AC locomotives to operate even in non-electrified areas such as terminals, stations or ports – changing locomotives for the non-electrified last mile is now a thing of the past.
“With this contract we continue our successful partnership with Bombardier and are able to offer our customers the provenTRAXX locomotives concept. Furthermore, we are developing with Bombardier new corridors and are upgrading our existing fleet with new safety systems, to follow our customers’ demands as a reliable partner for the future”, said Torsten Lehnert, CEO at Railpool.
“These innovative locomotives will facilitate rail operation on new, international corridors. They also allow for a much longer range and for more flexibility in operation than ever before,” added Ulrich Jochem, President Locomotives, Bombardier Transportation.
The locomotives are designed for speeds of up to 160 km/h. Bombardier will assemble the locomotives in Kassel, Germany, carbodies at its Wroclaw site in Poland and bogies in Siegen, Germany. Propulsion and controls as well as ATP (Automatic Train Protection) equipment will be manufactured at Bombardier’s sites in Mannheim and Hennigsdorf, Germany, and Västeras, Sweden.
The locomotives are powered by BOMBARDIER MITRAC traction converters offering unmatched reliability. The sophisticated MITRAC control system offers safe and energy efficient traction power for sustainable mobility. MITRACequipment drives more than 3,000 locomotives globally. MS locomotive: electric multi-system locomotive, designed for operating under all available catenary systems in Europe such as DC (direct current) 1,5/3 kV and AC (alternating current) 15/25 kV.  AC locomotive: electric locomotive designed to operate under all AC (alternating current) systems in Europe, such as 15kV and 25kV.