Siemens has just won its 25th customer for the Vectron locomotive: The rail freight
operator Railcare has ordered seven locomotives of this type from Siemens. The
contract also includes service and maintenance of the locomotives over a period of
eight years. The AC-powered Vectron locomotives will be used to haul freight in
Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The 6.4-MW locomotive has a top speed of
160 kilometers an hour.
Railcare is a wholly owned subsidiary of Coop, the Swiss retailer and wholesaler,
and transports freight for daily needs within Switzerland with its own trains and
trucks. The new locomotives are to be used for distributing goods in unaccompanied
combined transport (UCT).
All locomotives will be equipped with a diesel power module. With this option, the
locomotive can operate for short stretches without overhead power lines, such as on
sidings or while shunting in yards. By ordering the diesel power module, Railcare
can do without operating supplementary shunting locomotives.
In addition to delivering the seven locomotives, Siemens signed its first full service
contract in Switzerland, with Railcare. Over the coming eight years, all maintenance
work on the Vectron locomotives will be carried out by Siemens.