First Siemens Smartron locomotive on Romanian rails

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Source: Jerzy T. Frejgandt, SiemensPhoto published by Jerzy T. Frejgandt

From August 25, the Smartron locomotive manufactured by Siemens Mobility will make rounds on the Romanian network. The unit was officially handed over yesterday in Bucharest to the leasing company CARGOUNIT and its client Unicom Tranzit. It is the first of its kind delivered to the Romanian market.

The locomotive is unlikely to remain within the borders of this rapidly developing country, as it can also be operated in Germany and Bulgaria. Another Smartron locomotive for the Romanian rail freight market is due for delivery in October this year, according to CARGOUNIT, which operates in Poland.

New connections in Romania

Unicom Tranzit made headlines earlier this year with the opening of its terminal in Teiuș, which is strategically located to become a hub for Romanian rail freight. The terminal was inaugurated on June 15 and the operator immediately launched the Teiuș-Milano rail link.

Currently, it is preparing a weekly train on the Teiuș-Port of Constanța line and completing the Teiuș – Milan connection with another weekly train. Additionally, the company aims to develop a new Teiuș-Duisburg rail link, which will be operational by the end of 2022.

New fleet for CARGOUNIT

For CARGOUNIT, the delivery of the new locomotive also meant a step forward. The company is investing heavily in new rolling stock. Just a week ago it celebrated the arrival of Siemens’ first MS locomotive and is expecting another 26 such units with type approvals in several Central and Eastern European countries.

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