Full press statement of the Deutsche Bahn
The Deutsch Bahn has ordered another 32 TRAXX P160 AC2 locomotives for regional services. The order volume is 108 million euro. The new locomotives will used to modernize the existing fleet, delivery will commence in 2014.
The order is part of a frame work agreement with Bombardier. The DB has ordered several tranches of locomotives for its passenger services within this agreement. An overview of all TRAXX P160 series locomotives of the DB:
31 x P160AC / 2001-2002 / DB Regio 146 001-031
32 x P160AC1 / 2003-2005 / DB Regio 146 101-132
47 x P160AC2 / 2005-2006 / DB Regio 146 201-247
27 x P160AC2 / delivery expected for 2013 / DB Transport
32 x P160AC2 / delivery starting in 2014 / DB Regio
Railcolor: The Deutsche Bahn is careful with its fleet renewal. 32 new locomotives is only a small number. However, the frame agreement is limited of course and also, the DB first needs to have enough confidence in the future to place such an order. It needs to be sure that it will retain/win sufficient service concessions to justify the investment. On the other hand, many regional services with double stock coaches are still hauled by the aging 111 and 143 series locomotives, which do need replacement.