Delivery of the locomotives will take place in 2024.
SBB Cargo will add 35 additional Vectron electric locomotives to its fleet after reaching an agreement with LokRoll 3, the investment vehicle of Reichmuth & Co Investment Management, which placed the order with Siemens Mobility for the new locomotives.
SBB Cargo will lease the 160 km/h LokRoll 3 locomotives for eight years via its asset manager Northrail, which it commissioned for the order. The agreement includes local maintenance of the locomotives by Siemens Mobility during the term of the lease.
The Vectrons will be equipped with ETCS Level 2 Baseline 3 as well as national train protection systems. Manufacturing will take place at the Siemens plant in Munich-Allach with delivery scheduled for 2024.
While the locomotives will primarily be used in Switzerland, they will also be capable of operating cross-border services to Germany and Austria.
The order follows an agreement with Südleasing to lease 20 Vectrons earlier this month and SBB Cargo says renewal of its mainline locomotive fleet is needed to replace aging equipment. The operator adds that it will lease rather than buy new locomotives to remain strategically flexible. It will continue to develop its long-term fleet strategy according to political priorities for land transport.
“With Vectron locomotives, we can increase the reliability of our most important work equipment and thus further increase the quality for our customers,” says Mrs. Désirée Baer, CEO of SBB Cargo. “In addition, there are synergies of use and experience in maintenance. , because this locomotive is already in service with SBB Cargo International.
Siemens has sold more than 1400 Vectrons since launching the locomotive platform in 2010.
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