posted on 19th Aug 2021 11:53
On 19 August 2021, RAILPOOL has ordered 20 Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens Mobility. They are intended for service in 11 countries along the Eastern Corridor: Germany, Austria, Poland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia. They will be delivered in several phases beginning in March 2022 and will be first Vectron multisystem locomotives in RAILPOOL fleet, which is currently comprised of more than 400 locomotives, including 29 Vectron ACs and 4 Vectron DCs.
The new Vectron MSes will have a maximum output of 6,400 kW and a top speed of 200 km/h, and will also be equipped with on-board ETCS. We asked RAILPOOL why it has now ordered Vectrons when the majority of its fleet of new-built locomotives are TRAXXes. We await its response.
Now, RAILPOOL answered us: "We have chosen the Vectron MS since it goes well along with our fleet line of modern, yet proven, electrics. Through our existing Vectron fleet we have been sustaining a good cooperation with Siemens that we can rely on. The Vectron MS is a powerful electric locomotive and one of the latest in the market that has a proven track record and is ready to operate on the corridors we aim to serve our customers with."
To date, Siemens Mobility has sold over 1,100 Vectrons to a total of 56 customers. We have earlier asked Siemens when the thousandth Vectron, which was to be part of the DSB order, was (will be) delivered, but we still have not received an answer.