Traxx MS Locomotive. Photo credit: Alf van Beem

Railpool to increase Traxx fleet to 189 locomotives

Rolling stock leasing company Railpool is increasing its Traxx fleet with the ordering of twenty new Traxx MS locomotives from Bombardier. The fleet will count 189 units once the new locomotives have been delivered. The delivery is due to take place between May 2018 and December 2019.

The locomotives will be equipped to run on 15 and 25 kilovolt alternative current, as well as 1.5 and 3 kilovolt direct current electrification systems and will be certified to operate in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. They will be assembled at Bombardier’s facility in Kassel, Germany.

Traxx locomotives

Traxx locomotives are characterised by their steel bodyshells, the two bogies with two powered axles each, the three-phase asynchronous induction motors, the cooling exhausts on the roof edges and the wheel disc brakes. Due to their compatibility with alternative and direct current electrification systems, the vehicles are very suitable for the European railway market, which knows a large system variety.

The sole manufacturer of the locomotive is Bombardier, a leading rolling stock manufacturer in the world and provider of the European railway security system ERTMS. Bombardier has been delivering Traxx locomotives to the market since 1998, although the Traxx brandname was only introduced in 2003.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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