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SNCB HLE 18-19  
This section collects all information about HLE 18 and 19 series for the Belgian state railways (SNCB/NMBS).

order details
first order (2006): 60 locomotives, 222 million Euro, production period 2008-2010
second order (2008): 60 locomotives, production period 2010-2011, total volume becomes 440 million Euro

product description
product: derived from the Siemens ES 64 U4 platform, with new crash cabs (EN 15227)

purpose
The HLE 18/19 replaces the HLE 13 in Intercity services and HLE 27 with MUX couplings; HLE 13 than takes over freight services, replacing the HLE 20/23/25/26 series. SNCB/NMBS intends to use them in the whole of Belgium, including high speed lines, Luxembourg, France (25kV AC only) and the border sections to Roosendaal/Maastricht (NL) and Aachen (DE).

There are two different subseries from delivery: 96 locomotives have normal buffers and coupling systems (1801-1896), 24 units have MUX automatic couplers on one side (1901-1924). They will be used to haul M6 type push-pull rakes.


milestones
08.2008: start of the series production
22.09.2008: presentation of the new HLE 18 at the Innotrans railways fair in Berlin (1860)
01.12.2008: 1801 arrives at the Velim test circuit


22.02.2009: 1860 goes to Wegberg-Wildenrath test center
05.03.2009: 1802 arrived in Belgium for the first test runs of this type
22.03.2009: the 1803, the first unit coming of serie production, leaves the Siemens factories

A long period of trials in Belgium and Wegberg-WIldenrath begins. Delivery of the HLE18 series is seriously delayed, production however continues as planned. Dozens of new locomotives are being parked in Wegberg-Wildenrath and in Freiham, near Munich.

04.2011: Siemens has to pay a 21,2 million Euro fine because of the delivery delay
04.2011: test services with empty passenger trains on the IC-A route between Eupen and Oostende
05.2011: all test services and instruction programs cancelled after accident in the machine room of a HLE 18
06.07.2011: revenue test services with HLE 18 locomotives started, IC-A lines, temporary approval
01.08.2011: first commercial services of HLE 18 without back-up, IC-A lines
05.08.2011: 1901 and 1902 with GF/MUX are transported from Munich to Wegberg-Wildenrath

SNCB HLE 18-19: news  
2014
open news
2014-05-11 [CZ] Super Siemens train in VUZ Velim
2013
open news
2013-10-16 [BE/DE/CZ] Four Belgian HLE18/19 still not in Belgium
open news
2013-08-31 [BE/DE] SNCB 18/19 brake retrofit in Munich [update]
open news
2013-06-19 [DE] Rot, Beige and four Belgian locomotives
open news
2013-06-02 [BE] Official delivery NMBS/SNCB 18/19 series in final phase
open news
2013-03-26 [BE] NMBS 19 series: locomotives still awaiting official delivery
open news
2013-03-12 [BE/DE] SNCB 18/19 brake retrofit in Munich [update]
2012
open news
2012-12-07 [BE/DE] NMBS/SNCB 18/19 series to Munich and back
open news
2012-10-04 [BE] NMBS/SNCB HLE 18/19; an update
open news
2012-08-25 [DE/BE] Last two EuroSprinter for NMBS/SNCB leave Munich
open news
2012-08-03 [BE] HLE 19 in regular service
open news
2012-07-12 [DE] Four new HLE19s arrive from Munich
open news
2012-07-03 [DE] Railcolor Report: open door day in Wegberg-Wildenrath
open news
2012-07-01 [BE] all HLE18 locomotives in Belgium / HLE 19 in service without auto couplers
open news
2012-06-21 [DE/BE] Again SNCB/NMBS HLE19 on their way to Wegberg
open news
2012-06-20 [BE] Delivery of the SNCB/NMBS 18/19 series; an update
open news
2012-06-02 [DE/BE] SNCB/NMBS HLE 19s coming to Wegberg-Wildenrath
open news
2012-03-25 [DE] new 'BelgoSprinters' for Wegberg-Wildenrath
open news
2012-03-20 [DE/BE] NMBS/SNCB 1903+1904 in Wegberg-Wildenrath
open news
2012-02-13 [BE] Delivery second batch of SNCB HLE18/19 well on its way
2011
open news
2011-12-27 [DE/BE] SNCB 1862, 1864, 1884 on transport
open news
2011-12-12 [BE] SNCB 1852 and 1854 completing trials on L2 high speed line
open news
2011-11-28 [BE/DE] NMBS/SNCB 2711 testing for the new 18 series (?)
open news
2011-11-25 [BE] Delivery of the NMBS/SNCB 18 series; an update
open news
2011-11-09 [BE/FR] SNCB/NMBS 1875 to France for homologation
open news
2011-11-07 [BE] 25 EuroSprinter's delivered to SNCB/NMBS to date
open news
2011-11-02 [BE] SNCB 18 series @ open door days in Belgium
open news
2011-10-22 [BE/DE] very curious transport with SNCB locomotives to Velim
open news
2011-09-07 [BE] services NMBS/SNCB 18 series expanded
open news
2011-08-10 [BE] NMBS 1901 and 1902 GF/MUX; close-up [edit]
open news
2011-08-07 [BE/DE] SNCB 1901 and 1902 waiting to enter Wegberg-Wildenrath.
open news
2011-08-01 [BE] NMBS/SNCB 18 series standing on its own two feet
open news
2011-07-25 [BE] revenue services with Belgian 18 series extended
open news
2011-07-12 [BE] NMBS/SNCB 18 series in service? [update #2]
open news
2011-07-07 [BE] NMBS/SNCB 18 test-services continued?
open news
2011-05-17 [EU] Railcolor Short
2010
open news
2010-06-20 [DE] massive Siemens 'Lokzug'
open news
2010-06-12 [DE] 189 801 and six Belgian Sprinters
open news
2010-03-01 [DE/BE] all those new BelgiumSprinters...
2009
open news
2009-06-12 [DE] colourful transport
open news
2009-05-23 [DE] SNCB 1807 outshopped
open news
2009-04-15 [DE] interesting transport arrives in Cologne West
open news
2009-03-24 [DE] Siemens on the move
open news
2009-03-08 [BE] SNCB 1802 arrived in Belgium
open news
2009-02-22 [DE] SNCB 1860 on its way
2008
open news
2008-12-12 [CZ] SNCB 1801 in the Czech Republic [updated]
open news
2008-12-06 [BE] SNCB orders another 60 EuroSprinter electrics
open news
2008-12-06 [BE] SNCB orders another 60 EuroSprinter electrics
open news
2008-09-25 [DE] SNCB 18 series, Innotrans 2008 [update]
open news
2008-09-23 [DE/BE] SNCB 18 series, Innotrans 2008
open news
2008-08-04 [BE] information about the SNCB 18 series
SNCB HLE 18-19: details  
There were two bidding rounds back in 2006 for manufacturers needed, for the SNCB/NMBS to come to a final decision. The final order is also twofold, as it concerns a fixed order for sixty machines for 3kV DC and 25kV AC catenaries, and additionally an option is included for another sixty machines, of which the configuration is still unknown. First machines of the first batch are being delivered in 2009. Finally they will be certified for Belgium, including the new high speed lines, Luxembourg, France (25 kV AC only) and border track sections in the Netherlands (to Roosendaal and Maastricht) and Germany (to Aachen). Therefore hey will be equipped with TBL1, TBL1+, TBL2, MEMOR, ETCS 1 (for Belgium and Luxembourg), KVB (France) und ATB-EG (Netherlands). GSM-R is needed to reach for Aachen, which is possible under 3kV DC tension.

Some artist impressions of the future 18 series for the Belgian railways from 2007.

Before the order was placed, it was thought that 'HLE 14' would be the designation for the new units, but finally number 18 was chosen, remarkable as in recent history the SNCB/NMBS already operated an HLE 18, withdrawn in 1999. Artist impression, as seen on this page, made clear that the HLE 18 would be a derivate of the latest EuroSprinter platform introduced in 2007, when the first LE 4700 locomotive was presented for the Portuguese railways. These machines gave a whole new face to the EuroSprinter platform, resulting from an extensive redesign of the body, frame and cabines to meet the latest European legislation on crash safety (EN 15 227).

SNCB HLE 18-19: Technical specs  
technical specifications
NMBS/SNCB HLE 18
product description asynchrone multi-system electric locomotive
production period 2008-2010
total number built 60
   
track gauge 1435 mm
traction converter
IGBT converter
number of axles
4
axle configuration
Bo'Bo'
weight
88 t
axle load 22 t
length of buffers
19.580 mm
   
power system
AC 25kV / 50Hz
  DC 1,5kV and 3kV
Vmax
200 kph
duration power rating
6.000 kW (AC and DC 3kV)
  2.500 kW (DC 1,5 kV)
tractive effort
300 kN
   
SNCB HLE 18-19: Innotrans 2008  
unit 1860 on the Innotrans 2008 railway fair in Berlin, September 2008

In September 2008, there was the first chance to take a good look on a HLE 18 in real live, as the first machine was presented in the Innotrans railway fair in Berlin that month. Surprisingly, the 18 series was represented by unit no. 1860, the very last one of the batch to be delivered to SNCB/NMBS. By building the last unit of the serie first (next to 1801 and 1802 which were also ready by that time) it gives Siemens extra time to take care of the extensive certification processes of these new machines, and at the same time, gain experience with the new machines in everyday practice.






As you can see, the 18 series has only two pantographs, one for DC and one for AC catenary. It's bogie design is similar to that of the Austrian Taurus locomotives, but with improved and more compact convertors. Weight was an important issue during the development of the Belgian 18 series. The new body design and cab units put on extra weight (1,5 t) to the EuroSprinter concept. Combine this with the high speed bogies (which are heavier than bogies for 140 kph freight traffic for example) and the multi-system equipment of the locomotive, and it could get too heavy. Siemens therefore decided to reduce the weight of the transformator, by leaving out the possibility to run under 15kV AC catenary, and by configurating it for a lower duration power output of 6.000 kW (3kV DC and 25kV AC) and 2.500kW (1,5 kV DC) compared to 6.400 kW which seems to have become a standard for modern Siemens electrics.

SNCB 18 series: Select your Locomotive:  
Siemens 21532 2008 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1801" 17 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Siemens 21533 2008 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1802" 10 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21534 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1803" 8 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21535 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1804" 4 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21536 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1805" 7 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21537 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1806" 3 picture(s) available        
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Siemens 21540 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1809" 3 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21541 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1810" 4 picture(s) available        
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Siemens 21547 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1816" 10 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21548 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1817" 4 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21549 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1818" 4 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21550 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1819" 2 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21551 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1820" 6 picture(s) available        
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Siemens 21561 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1830" 2 picture(s) available        
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Siemens 21578 ? ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1847" 5 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21579 2010 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1848" 7 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21580 ? ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1849" 5 picture(s) available        
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Siemens 21591 2008 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1860" 15 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21701 2011 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1861" 2 picture(s) available        
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Siemens 21707 2011 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1867"          
Siemens 21708 2011 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1868" 3 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21709 2011 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1869"          
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Siemens 21711 2011 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1871" 1 picture(s) available        
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Siemens 21716 2011 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1876" 5 picture(s) available        
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Siemens 21718 2011 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1878"          
Siemens 21719 2011 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1879"          
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Siemens 21727 201x ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el SNCB  "1887" 2 picture(s) available        
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