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Renfe Mercancias TRAXX DC  

On 08.11.2006, the Spanish national rail operator Renfe placed an order with Bombardier for 100 TRAXX DC locomotives, to be operated by its freight division, Renfe Mercancias. 55 units were built by Bombardier at its site in Vado Ligure, Italy. The other 45 locomotives were assembled in Villaverde, near Madrid, using kits supplied by various Bombardier production sites. Originally, it was planned to built the first 10 units in Kassel, but this plan was changed.

All 100 machines were built and delivered in 2008-2010. Coming from Wroclaw in Poland, the body of 253 001 arrived at Vado Ligure in July 2007. Customer specific modifications that Bombardier had to make for this order were: Adjust the locomotive bogies for 1668 mm Iberian track gauge, install a new type of integrated auxiliary converters and add powerful airconditioning equipment (visible on the cabin rooftops).

Renfe S/253: news  
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2009-10-24 [ES] Renfe S/253 production
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2009-10-03 [IT/ES] TRAXX DC production, a complete overview
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2009-05-23 [ES] update on S/253s
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2009-01-21 [ES] Renfe S/253 in revenue service
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2008-05-21 [ES] Renfe S/253 on the move
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2008-05-10 [ES] report on the Renfe S/253 trials
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2008-04-02 [ES] first Spanish Traxx DC officially presented
Renfe Mercancias S/253: First trials  
At the end of November 2007 the S/253 001 was completed and ready for its first dynamic trials. It was transported by road trailer to Siemens test centre Wegberg-Wildenrath in Germany, where two 1435 mm normal gauge bogies were already waiting for the machine. With the cranes it was placed on its temporary feet and throughout December the S/253 001 was running in the various test tracks. On 29.11.2007 also S/253 002 left the factories in Vado Ligure, with destination Villaverde, Spain. In Villaverde this machine will be the first one that will be placed on actual 1668 mm wide gauge bogies. Starting in May 2008, 253 001 and 002 were subjected to numerous trials in Spain, concentrating around Madrid. It is expected that the first S/253 will be officially handed over to Renfe by the end of September 2008.

During the test runs at Wegberg one could take a good look at the details of the Spanish Traxx machine for the first time. Its two central head lights are placed above the front windows and on top of the cabs extra powerful air conditioning equipment is available to cope with hot weather circumstances in Spain. Remarkable is that the frame at both cabin ends is repainted black again, although the first pictures from the factory in Italy show two all white painted cabs. The S/253 series also misses some features indicating it’s a Traxx 2E generation machine. Its sidewalls are smooth, no edges indicating where a ventilation grid could be and also the opening for a fuel tank is not there. These alterations where partly neccessary to meet the specific demands of Renfe and to be able to cope with the special wather conditions on the Iberic peninsula. On the other hand, such a large order volume makes it more easy to moderate a standard platform.


S/253 001 hoovers over the assembly area in Vado Ligure, July 2007. Note that the body has all white painted cabs.

Renfe Mercancias S/253: Production and delivery  
Batch production of the S/253 series started in March 2008. 55 machines were built in Vado Ligure, Italy, to be placed on their 1668 mm bogies when entering Spain. The remaining 45 machines will be sent to Villaverde Bojo as kits, of which the parts will come from various Bombardier factories from all over Europe.

On 20.01.2009, the first five units (253 001-005) were officially handed over to Renfe. 253 011 was the first locomotive to be completed in Spain. In July 2010 the handing over of the very last locomotive will take place. 253 100 will be a unit from the Spanish assembly line.

Renfe Mercancias S/253: Select your Locomotive:  
Bombardier 7980 2007 TRAXX F140 DC Bo'Bo'-el 253 001-2 11 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Bombardier 7981 2007 TRAXX F140 DC Bo'Bo'-el 253 002-0 1 picture(s) available        
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