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SBB Cargo Re 484  
in short
1st order
In 2003 SBB Cargo decided to be the first operator in Europe ever to purchase 4-tension derivates of Bombardiersí platform. Up till then these machines only existed on paper. Being the very first 'European' from Bombardier, production number 34000 was preserved for the first machine which represents an important mile stone in product development for Bombardier, being the very first Traxx family member to run on all main catenary systems in Europe, and which is Bombardier's answer on Siemens' ES64F4/E189 platform.
 
The SBB Cargo Re484 series is in fact capable of running on the first four catenaries listed, but is only equipped with the safety and signalling systems for Switzerland (Integra and ZUB262) and Italy (RS4 Codici). Additionally the machines also have European signalling system ECTS and the new Italian SCMT system aboard.
 
12 locomotives
order date xx.xx.2003
delivery period 2005
homologated for Switzerland and Italy
> designation Re 484 001-012
 
2nd order
6 locomotives
order date xx.xx.2003
delivery period 2005
homologated for Switzerland and Italy
> designation Re 484 013-018
 
3rd order
3 locomotives
order date xx.xx.2005
delivery period 2007
homologated for Switzerland and Italy
> designation Re 484 019-021
 
operator official website:
http://www.sbbcargo.ch
Re 484 at wikipedia:
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/SBB_Re_484
Bombardier official website:
http://www.transportation.bombardier.com
 
   
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SBB Cargo Re 484: General history  
May 2004 was a very important month for Bombardier Transportation, as already stated in the introduction of this section. That month Re484 001 for SBB Cargo had itís official roll-out, the very first multi-system (MS) derivate of the Traxx platform family. Production number 34000 was reserved for this engine, as shown on large canvas decorating both sides of the locomotive, showing a good old steam locomotive and some other Traxx machines.

Bombardier constructed 18 MS machines for SBB Cargo in 2004. Originally SBB Cargo had only ordered 12 machines but the option for 6 more was already awarded before construction of the first batch had started. Number 004 was also present at the international Innotrans 2004 railway fair in Berlin. Bombardier got the Re 484 homologated for both Switzerland and Italy within only 6 months. Italian safety body RFI approved the Re 484 on 15.12.2004.

Between February and April 2005 16 machines of the first two batches were approved by the Italian RFI authority and officially delivered to SBB Cargo, in August the last two completed the Re484 series. Home base of the complete serie is Bellinzona depot, from where they operate on mixed freight trains to Gallarate. Additionally, south of the Alps, they run services from Chiasso to Desio. It is often asked why these multi-system locomotives are employed in Italy and Switzerland only. The answer is that SBB Cargo wants it that way. Regarding their service package and fleet composition this is the most economic solution right now. Homologating and equipping the machines for Germany for example is very expensive (they also couldn't take profit from another customer having similar machines homologated for other countries) and this investment could not be justified when you know that SBB Cargo also operates a fleet of more than 70 machines (Re421, Re482 and Re482.2) which can operate from Switzerland up to north to Germany. Changing traction at the Swiss-German border is more economic right now.

visiting Holland

Re484 005 visited the Netherlands in May-June 2005 to take part in the homologation process of the Traxx platform in this country. At that moment the machine was still property of Bombardier. However, before even the trials, planned on the new BetuweRoute, had started, the complete session had to be cancelled, because overhead wiring was damaged some days before. The 005 was sent back to Germany and came back later that year for a second attempt which was successful. All that time the machine carried a dark red adhesive promoting Bombardier on the BetuweRoute. At the end of 2005 the machine was prepared for regular services in Switzerland and Italy and was handed over to SBB Cargo.

three more!

At the end of 2005, Bombardier was awarded by SBB Cargo with the order for three additional Re484s. Remarkable because that same year 6 machines of a similar type with similar performances, the Re474 series, were rejected and given back to their manufacturer, Siemens. The Re484 019, 020 and 021 were delivered in 2007 after being equipped with the new SCMT safety and signalling system for Italy and European system ETCS level 2. In September 2007, number 021 was nicknamed 'Gottardo', because of the 125th anniversary of train services of the Gothard route.

In 2006, SBB Cargo decided to refit all its Re484 series machines with SCMT and ETCS. For the first 10 machines this was done in Kassel, the Bombardier assembly site. One by one machines were transported to Germany and back that year. Machines that have been retrofitted can be identified by small silver coloured adhesives at every cab end.

SBB Cargo Re 484: on hire to Cisalpino  
In August 2005 Cisalpino, a joint venture of SBB Cargo from Switzerland and Trenitalia from Italy hired Re 484s from SBB Cargo for its cross-border EuroCity services between Bern, Genf, and Milan. This reduced transition time at the border because one no longer had to exchanges locomotives. This advantage was more important than the relative low top speed of 140 kph of the Re484. Number 014 and 017 were the first machines on hire with a distinctive new look in silver, red and light blue. Re484 017 was the first machine to appear in regular services in its new looks on 29.09.2005. Finally, Cisalpino needed six machines, Re484 013-018.

According to the original contract all machines would return to SBB Cargo in the summer of 2007 as their services then would be taken-over by brand new ETR610 train sets. Delivery is however delayed, so the Re484s stayed with Cisalpino until December 2007. At that moment the ETR610 sets were still in their trial phase, but SBB Cargo reclaimed all Re 484 series machines for its own freight services, as there were massive growth rates. At that time, SBB Cargo also had to miss out on some machines because of the SCMT and ETCS retrofitting program, making the scarcity of tractive power even larger.

SBB Cargo Re 484: Select your Locomotive:  
Bombardier 34000 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.001 SR 8 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Bombardier 33998 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.002 SR 10 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34001 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.003 SR 9 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34002 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.004 SR 6 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33999 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.005 SR 10 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Bombardier 34003 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.006 SR 6 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34004 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.007 SR 4 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34005 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.008 SR 4 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34006 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.009 SR 8 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34007 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.010 SR 4 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34008 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.011 SR 15 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34010 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.012 SR 7 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34015 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.013 SR 13 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Bombardier 34011 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.014 SR 10 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Bombardier 34012 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.015 SR 8 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Bombardier 34009 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.016 SR 8 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Bombardier 34013 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.017 SR 9 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Bombardier 34014 2004 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.018 SR 9 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Bombardier 34292 2006 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.019 SR 10 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34296 2006 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.020 SR 11 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 34297 2006 TRAXX F140 MS Bo'Bo'-el E 484.021 SR 12 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available