GTS Rail has placed an order to expand the fleet of Traxx DC3 locomotives

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The Italian rail freight operator GTS Rail has placed a order with Alstom for 20 Traxx DC3 electric locomotives.

The new order will increase GTS Rail’s fleet of Traxx DC3 – E.494 locomotives to 33, eight of which are equipped with the Last Mile feature.

Named E.494 in Italy, Traxx DC3 is a high horsepower electric locomotive designed to provide higher load and traction capacity to the operator.

It can be equipped with the Last Mile function which allows the locomotive to run on non-electrified lines in ports, industrial areas or terminals.

The latest agreement includes an option that will allow GTS Rail to purchase the function for 20 newly ordered locomotives.

Michele Viale, Managing Director of Alstom Italy and President and CEO of Alstom Ferroviaria, said: “We are extremely proud to have signed this new agreement with GTS Rail, our long-standing customer and partner.

“This important contract, confirming a very fruitful and valuable collaboration, follows the agreement signed in January 2022 for the supply of five E.494 locomotives equipped with the Last Mile function.

“All locomotives designed for the Italian market have been and will be produced at Alstom’s site in Vado Ligure.”

Alstom has sold over 2,400 Traxx 3 units over the past 20 years. The locomotive has obtained approval in 20 countries.

The company will start delivering the locomotives to GTS Rail from early 2024.

Earlier this year, Belgian national railway company SNCB signed an agreement to purchase up to 50 third-generation Traxx electric locomotives.

These locomotives will be used for domestic and cross-border passenger services through Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands.

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