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SBB Cargo Re474  
in short
1st order

In December 2003, the Swiss operator SBB Cargo ordered for the very first time locomotives from Siemens. The choice of manufacturer was a curious one, as just months Bombardier was awarded with a similar order for also 18 multi-systems electrics. The Siemens machines were designated Re474 series in Switzerland and are used for international freight services from and to Italy only, baing at that moment the most economical solution.

 
The concept of the Re474 series shows only minor differences compared with the DB 189 series. Reinforced snow-ploughs, couplings that can handle higher loads, pantographs with smaller contacts, a higher low speed traction effort, and different train detection systems on board of course.
 

Compared with its Bombardier opponent, the designated Re484 series, Siemens had to invest more time and energy to get its locomotives homologated for both Switzerland and Italy. The extra time needed, resulted in Siemens exceeding the delivery deadline of the first 12 machines. In August 2005 it was therefore decided to purchase only 6 of them. Locomotive 13 to 18, were ordered later on, and could therefore be handed over to SBB cargo on time.

Luckily, Siemens succeeded in selling to remaining 6 machines to other operators in 2006 and 2007.

 
12 locomotives
order date 19.12.2003
only 6 machines purchased by SBB Cargo
delivery period 08.2005 - 09.2005
homologated for Switzerland and Italy
> designation Re 474 002-005, 009, 012
 
2nd order
6 locomotives
order date xx.xx.2004
delivery period 08.2005 - 09.2005
homologated for Switzerland and Italy
> designation Re 474 013-018
 
operator official website:
http://www.sbbcargo.ch
Siemens official website:
http://www.siemens.com/ts
 
   
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SBB Re 474: Delivery process  
Several Re474s waiting for final approval, so they can start some regular services...

At 09.08.2004, Re 474 001 was the first machine to roll out of the Munchen factories. SBB Cargo Re 482 027 transported it to Bern. After that, various dynamic trials were performed in Switzerland and Italy. It took until 15.05.2005 (other source: 18.04.2005) before the Italian railway authorities, Cesifer, finally approved the Re474 series in its network. Already in the spring of 2005 Siemens had completed the building of 18 machines, so it got quite crowded in the factory halls in the mean time.

Right after that, the exodus of Re474s from Munchen started. 15 machines were transported southwarts, often hauled by quite remarkable locomotives. An overview;

date

Re474

hauled by

19.05.2005

013, 014, 015

ES64P 001 + ER20 005

25.05.2005

002, 016, 017

ES64P 001 + ES64F4 090

06.06.2005

003, 006, 010

Ae 4/7 10997 + ER20 006

12.06.2005

004, 005, 009

Re 4/4 I 10006 + 10008 + 10019

18.06.2005

011, 012, 018

?

Missing are Re 474 001 (already in Switzerland) and 007/008 that were still needed for trails at the Siemens test centre in Wegberg-Wildenrath in Germany.

The latter two machines mentioned did not come out of this trial process completely unharmed… During a shunting accident both machines got damaged in such a way that a reconstruction of the frame came into question. They were transported back to Munchen for further inspection. Siemens started immediately with building to replacements (#21232 as Re474 007II and #21233 as Re 474 008II).

At 05.08.2005 however, SBB Cargo officially declared in a press statement that they only purchased 12 out of 18 machines. The total batch of 18 was ordered in two stages, and for the first serie of 12, the delivery deadline was exceeded. Next to the damaged 007 and 008, also locomotive 001, 006, 010 and 011 were returned to sender. Luckily, Siemens succeeded in finding new employers for all left-overs. There was now enough time to repair the original Re474 007 and 008, which were then delivered to Dispolok as ES64F4 019 en 020. Re 474 007II/008II and the others were sold to Hector Rail in Sweden and to Italian open access operators.

Re 474 006, 010 and 011 back in Germany, after being turned down by SBB Cargo.

SBB Re 474: Select your Locomotive:  
Stock list of the SBB Cargo Re474 series.

Siemens 20745 2004 ES 64 F4 Bo'Bo'-el E 474-002 SR 20 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 20746 2004 ES 64 F4 Bo'Bo'-el E 474-003 SR 17 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 20748 2004 ES 64 F4 Bo'Bo'-el E 474-004 SR 10 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 20751 2004 ES 64 F4 Bo'Bo'-el E 474-005 SR 9 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 20759 2004 ES 64 F4 Bo'Bo'-el E 474-009 SR 7 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 20767 2004 ES 64 F4 Bo'Bo'-el E 474-012 SR 8 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21137 2005 ES 64 F4 Bo'Bo'-el E 474-013 SR 8 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21138 2005 ES 64 F4 Bo'Bo'-el E 474-014 SR 8 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21139 2005 ES 64 F4 Bo'Bo'-el E 474-015 SR 6 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21140 2005 ES 64 F4 Bo'Bo'-el E 474-016 SR 10 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21141 2005 ES 64 F4 Bo'Bo'-el E 474-017 SR 17 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Siemens 21142 2005 ES 64 F4 Bo'Bo'-el E 474-018 SR 9 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available