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BLS Cargo Vectron  

In March 2015, Swiss freight operator BLS Cargo decided to order fifteen Vectron MS electrics from Siemens. They will be used for long haul freight services connecting the Netherlands and Italy through the Alps. The country specific packages of the machines will include all equipment required for running in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

The new locomotives are needed because BLS Cargo is facing the withdrawal of older series, and because it wants to strengthen its position on the long haul European corridor mentioned. At this moment, BLS Cargo already operates container shuttles connecting Rotterdam (NL) with Melzo (IT) using Bombardier Traxx MS locomotives in cooperation with ERS Railways / Freightliner.

In the past months, BLS Cargo has evaluated several modern electrics on their network. They have decided to go with Siemens. The new machines will be delivered in three separate batches. The first locomotives will be delivered in the second half of 2016. The delivery will be completed in 2018.

BLS Cargo Vectron: news  
2016
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2016-10-10 [CH] Shot of the day: three BLS Cargo Vectrons
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2016-10-01 [CH] BLS Cargo 475 404 in revenue service
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2016-09-26 [CH] BLS Cargo Vectron in revenue service / no. 405 in Basel
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2016-07-07 [CH] BLS Cargo testing: Re 485 and Re 475
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2016-06-01 [CH] BLS Cargo Vectron 401 on public tracks
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2016-04-30 [CH] BLS Cargo presents the Vectron
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2016-04-27 [CH] BLS Cargo 475 401 and 402 in Basel
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2016-04-26 [DE/CH] 2x BLS Vectron arrive in Switzerland
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2016-04-20 [DE/CH] BLS Vectron on maiden run
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2016-03-30 [CH] BLS Cargo shows the Re475
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2016-03-11 [EU] New impression of the BLS Cargo Vectron
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2016-03-04 [DE/CH] Siemens on TV: BLS Vectron shows [updated]
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2016-01-06 [NL] Vectron arrives in the Netherlands
2015
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2015-09-10 [NL] 2016: Vectron in the Netherlands
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2015-05-06 [EU] Scale model of Siemens Vectron for BLS Cargo
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2015-03-27 [CH/DE/NL/AT/IT] BLS Cargo orders 15 Vectron MS locomotives
BLS Cargo Vectron: Fleet list  
Siemens 22040 2016 Vectron MS Bo'Bo'-el 401 17 picture(s) available        
Siemens 22041 2016 Vectron MS Bo'Bo'-el 402 12 picture(s) available        
Siemens 22064 2016 Vectron MS Bo'Bo'-el 403 2 picture(s) available        
Siemens 22065 2016 Vectron MS Bo'Bo'-el 404 2 picture(s) available        
Siemens 22066 2016 Vectron MS Bo'Bo'-el 405 5 picture(s) available   revision data available