Big news today, Siemens has found a launching customer for its new Vectron platform. Lease company Railpool has decided to expand its fleet with high-speed locomotives, capable of running with a top speed of 200 kph. Up till now, Railpool only has electric units that can be pushed up to 160 kph.
Railpool however is careful. After the 58 Bombardier Traxx units from 2008, six Vectrons are a minor investment. But, the Vectron has just started its career and an order for a non-existing project always communicates confidence to Siemens and to other potential customers. Railpool plans to use their new Siemens units for both freight and passenger services and they will be homologated for Germany and Austria. This requires a Vectron AC configurated locomotive with 6400 kW duration power and a 200 kph top speed. Its weight is 87 metric tons. Delivery will begin in the middle of 2012. The locomotives will be built and finish-assembled in Siemens’ locomotive plant in Munich-Allach. The bogies will be supplied by the Siemens Mobility plant in Graz, Austria. - Siemens
The official press statement can be found here.. The image above shows Jens Chlebowski and Jörn F. Sens (Siemens), Dr. Walter Breinl and Thorsten Lehnert (Railpool) shaking hands in front of Vectron DC 191 951.