Finnish freight operator Fenniarail has signed a purchase agreement with Siemens Mobility for the acquisition of up to five Vectron electric locomotives.
Under the purchase agreement, Siemens will deliver one Vectron locomotive to Fenniarail by the end of October 2023. It also includes the option to order four additional electric locomotives.
The purchase contract provides for the delivery of a locomotive by the end of October 2023
Fenniarail has also signed a long-term maintenance and repair agreement with Siemens Finland for these locomotives.
The transition to the use of electric locomotives will allow Fenniarail to offer zero-emission freight transport.
Additionally, the electric locomotives will be able to haul greater weights than Fenniarail’s existing diesel locomotives, with each Vectron capable of pulling a 2,000 tonne train at a higher average speed than a diesel vehicle.
The acquisition of an additional locomotive will also increase Fenniarail’s transport capacity, allowing it to extend its services to new customers.
“To potentially acquire five electric locomotives is a significant growth leap for our business and at the same time a natural decision as Fenniarail reduces its carbon emissions. The company’s goal is to offer environmentally friendly logistics solutions in freight traffic and electric locomotives keep us on this strategic path.
“With this investment, we are also securing our future growth and new investments in locomotives in the future will mainly be electric locomotives. The locomotives will be maintained by Siemens and Fenniarail will also invest in a maintenance depot in the Kouvola region.
The Vectron is a modern four-axle electric locomotive produced by Siemens. Fenniarail’s locomotives have been specially designed for Finnish conditions.
These units will be equipped with a remote control system allowing the locomotive driver to carry out the maneuvers. Switching will also be possible in areas without overhead lines, thanks to the inclusion of two diesel power modules.
This eliminates the need for a special shunting locomotive.