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AKIEM BB 37000  

in short
1st order
In 1999, SNCF did not only order 180 BB 27000 bi-voltage electrics for its freight operator, SNCF Fret, but also demanded Alstom to develop two different tri-voltage versions; the designated BB 37000 and BB 37500 series. With these machines SNCF Fret could offer international freight services, (in)to the northern and eastern neighbouring countries.

Initially, SNCF ordered 29 BB 37000s (1,5kV DC, 15 and 25KV AC) and one BB 37500 locomotive (3kV DC, 15 and 25KV AC). However, the second type was never built. In stead, Belfort did produce a four-system version, the Prima6000 demonstrator locomotive, to be able to join an order for the Belgium railways.

In 2005, thirty additional BB 37000s were ordered. An extra machine took the place of the never-to-be BB 37500 in the Fret fleet. These thirty machines were originally planned as BB 27181-27210, but a tri-voltage seemed better useful at that time.

The approval of the tri-voltage units in France’s neighbouring countries was a very slow and difficult process, it took until the end of 2006 (Germany) and February 2007 (Switzerland) before first locomotives could be used for nonstop freight services.

Fret SNCF never operated all sixty units on the same time. Before the last one was delivered, BB 37007 crashed. It collided with a CFL double-deck train set on 11.10.2006 near Zoufftgen. In the same month the BB 37060 was delivered, the BB 37007 was officially scrapped.

Note that this type is designated BB 37000, but that machines are actually numbered as 437000 series. This is because the French number system adds a prefix to service numbers which tells us for which department of the company the machine is running. The Prefix 4 means SNCF Fret, also freight services.

On 01.01.2009, the SNCF Group founded AKIEM, a 100% subsidiary for leasing activities. All BB 37000s gradually became property of Akiem and available for lease.

 
29 locomotives BB 37000
order date xx.xx.1999
prototype BB 37001 completed in 2003 for trials
delivery period serie 04.2004 - 11.2004
homologated for France and Germany
> designation 437001-437029
 
1 locomotive BB 37500
order date xx.xx.1999
never built
 
2nd order
30 locomotives
1 extra locomotive was added later to replace the planned BB 37500 unit
order date 22.08.2005
delivery period 03.2006 - 12.2006
homologated for France and Switzerland
>designation 437030-437060
   
AKIEM BB 37000: news  
2016
open news
2016-02-08 [DE/FR] Deutsche AM acquires a 50% stake in Akiem
2015
open news
2015-09-21 [DE/DK] Prima in Padborg (updated)
open news
2015-04-22 [DE] One train, two trains?
2014
open news
2014-09-30 [FR] A Prima in white: ETF BB37037
open news
2014-02-26 [FR] The Marathon project, official aftermovie
open news
2014-01-22 [FR] Video: The 1500 meter Marathon freight train
open news
2014-01-20 [FR] First Marathon test run [updated]
open news
2014-01-02 [FR] 37002 is second Prima locomotive with Marathon stickers [updated]
2013
open news
2013-08-25 [DE] Prima Parade leaving Wegberg-Wildenrath [edited]
open news
2013-07-18 [FR/DE] Flowery VFLI locomotives in Germany
open news
2013-07-10 [DE/CH/FR] Akiem Marathon locomotive in Rheydt [updated]
open news
2013-07-05 [FR/DE] Akiem 37017 is the first of its type in VFLI design
open news
2013-07-01 [CH] Happy birthday Lötschbergbahn!
open news
2013-06-05 [EU] t&l Munich 2013: Prima Marathon
open news
2013-05-29 [EU] t&l Munich 2013: The Marathon project
open news
2013-03-24 [FR] Prima BB 37000 - no more number 4
open news
2013-03-17 [DE] Saar Rail: Prima and the torpedos
2012
open news
2012-11-09 [EU] Various livery news
open news
2012-03-13 [DE] Akiem 37025 with HSL and VIA Cargo logos
open news
2012-01-09 [PL/DE/FR] CTL Logistics goes Prima
2011
open news
2011-09-04 [EU] Railcolor Short
open news
2011-01-23 [FR] silver Prima's
open news
2011-01-13 [FR] more silver Prima's for ECR and VFLI
open news
2011-01-04 [FR] two AKIEM BB 37000s in silver
2010
open news
2010-12-16 [FR] Akiem 37027 > ECR
open news
2010-09-28 [FR/DE] the Akiem fleet, a complete overview (edit)
open news
2010-09-17 [FR/DE/CH] Akiem news
2009
open news
2009-05-20 [FR] About AKIEM
open news
2009-01-18 [FR/DE] Prima for ITL
AKIEM BB 37000: Technical specs  
Product name Prima EL3U
Product description asynchrone multi-system electric freight locomotive
Power system 1,5kV DC / 15kV AC / 25kV AC
Total length 19.520 mm
Wheel base 10.600 mm
no. axles / Axle arrangement: 4 / Bo' Bo'
Track gauge 1435 mm
Total weight 89 tonnes
Axle load 22,25 tonnes
Top speed 140 kph (FR) / 120 kph (DE/CH)
Power rating 4.200 kW
AKIEM BB 37000: livery and details  
BB 37000 livery and design
A BB 37000 looks very similar to its two-voltage brothers typ BB 27000. They are both of the standard Alstom prima design and are both painted in the standard Fret green/while/silver assymetric Fret livery. A BB 37000 can be recognized by its service numbers of course, and the addtional third pantograph. BB 37001-37029 were delivered with the old SNCF logo, introduced in 1992, from the 37030 on machines were decorated with the purple and pink "carmillon" logo, introduced in 2005. The older units were decorated with these logos afterwards.

diesel in disguise
On 25.03.2004, the 437002 played a role in a special event. On that day Siemens, Alstom and the SNCF presented their plans for a new generation of diesel-electrics. The SNCF placed an order for 400 units type BB 75000, which technical and mechanical will be a mix between the philosophies of the German EuroRunner from Siemens and French Prima platform from Alstom. To visualize the future looks of the new French main line diesel generation, the pantographs of the 437002 were covered by a grey painted top and numbers and factory plates were replaced by fake ones, letting us believe we were looking at the BB 75001 in stead. The machine was also decorated with Siemens and Alstom logos for the event.

BB 37027 at Innotrans 2010
Akiem decided to make its presence at the Innotrans 2010 better visible with a BB37000 in a remarkable purple livery. Unit 37027 was selected for this job.

AKIEM BB 37000: milestones  
1st batch:  
19.05.2004 37001-37029 officially homogated by OFT (CH) for running to Muttenz (CH)
09.02.2005 37001-37029 officially homogated by EBA (DE) for running to Trier (DE)
04.10.2005 first commercial run Apach - Trier
05.10.2005 37001-37029 officially homogated by EBA (DE) for running to Gremberg (DE) LZB 137 series
   
2nd batch  
16.04.2007 37030-37060 offocially homologated by OFT (CH). Equipped with ZUB 262 / Integra (CH).
10.06.2007 first commercial service to Buchs S.G.
AKIEM BB 37000: for rent  
In 2008, SNCF strated to expand it activities outside France by acquiring (shares of) several open access operators. In 2008, SNCF took a 75% share in ITL, an operator active in the Benelux, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. Later its share was raised to 100%. At the end of 2009, SNCF took over all Veolia Cargo activities outside France.

Within the SNCF group more and more operaters were united. The SNCF also decided to restructure its fleet of modern lcoomotives. Many Prima units, including al 59 BB 37000s available at that time gradually became property of a new company subsidiary; Akiem. From 2010 on, this company can lease these units to various operators.

This started in January 2009 with some first units running for others operators that were part of the SNCF group by then, for example ITL from Germany and Wincanton Rail.

The BB 37027 was the first to change livery, as you already have read in the previous chapter. In december 2010, another two units followed: BB 37030 and 37032. As you can imagine that other operators do not want to promote Fret-SNCF, Akiem decided to repaint both locomotives in a more neutral silver livery. Operator VFLI was the first to use them.

AKIEM BB 37000: Select your Locomotive:  
Alstom FRET T 001 2003 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37001 15 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Alstom FRET T 002 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37002 12 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Alstom FRET T 003 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437003 10 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 004 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37004 9 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 005 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37005 13 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Alstom FRET T 006 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37006 16 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 007 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437007 3 picture(s) available       vehicle is scrapped
Alstom FRET T 008 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437008 11 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 009 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437009 8 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 010 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437010 6 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 011 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437011 10 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 012 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37012 16 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 013 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37013 18 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 014 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437014 10 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 015 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437015 9 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 016 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37016 10 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 017 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37017 13 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 018 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37018 13 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 019 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437019 8 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 020 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437020 6 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 021 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437021 9 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 022 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37022 17 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 023 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437023 17 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 024 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37024 29 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 025 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37025 35 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Alstom FRET T 026 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437026 29 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Alstom FRET T 027 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37027 50 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Alstom FRET T 028 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37028 24 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Alstom FRET T 029 2004 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37029 28 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Alstom FRET T 030 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37030 28 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 031 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37031 23 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 032 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37032 18 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Alstom FRET T 033 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37033 6 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 034 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37034 9 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 035 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37035 7 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 036 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437036 9 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 037 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37037 4 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 038 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437038 4 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 039 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37039 8 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 040 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437040 9 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 041 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37041 10 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 042 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37042 19 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Alstom FRET T 043 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37043 12 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Alstom FRET T 044 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437044 6 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 045 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437045 6 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 046 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437046 6 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 047 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437047 8 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 048 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437048 7 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 049 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437049 6 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 050 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37050 10 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Alstom FRET T 051 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437051 11 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 052 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437052 8 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 053 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37053 11 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Alstom FRET T 054 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 37054 8 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Alstom FRET T 055 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437055 1 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 056 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437056 8 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 057 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437057 8 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 058 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437058 9 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 059 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437059 10 picture(s) available        
Alstom FRET T 060 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el 437060 6 picture(s) available