Bombardier Presents the New TRAXX 3 Locomotive Platform 1. Photo: Bombardier

New Bombardier Traxx 3 platform

Bombardier Presents the New TRAXX 3 Locomotive Platform 1. Photo: Bombardier

Bombardier Transportation introduced its new Bombardier Traxx 3 platform at the Kassel site in Germany last week. The locomotive platform has three different versions. The Traxx MS3 is the most innovative locomotive Bombardier recently launched on the market.

Bombardier has sold over 2,200 units of the Traxx locomotive, indicating the success of the product platform, pointed out Michael Fohrer, President of the CEC region and Head of Bombardier Transportation in Germany. “The Traxx MS3 locomotive is the only locomotive on the market with the last-mile function, letting it easily bridge non-electrified track sections often found in ports or freight terminals. It is a key advantage, enabling our customers to offer an alternative to road-based freight traffic throughout its entire journey.”

Market demand

At the official opening, Peter Amman, Head of Global Ecosystem Freight Corridors at Bombardier Transportation commented: “Our new Traxx 3 platform responds to the demands of the global freight market. With its energy efficiency, proven ability to pull higher loads than comparable locomotives, customised configuration, simplified interface with the European Train Control System (ETCS) and improved maintainability, this locomotive addresses our customers’ need for improved profitability, increased flexibility as well as for more reliable performance and availability during its whole lifecycle.”

For greater planning efficiency and most economical operation, the Traxx 3 platform has also been designed around the freight industry’s latest digital maintenance solutions. Intelligent platforms based on Conditional Based Maintenance, Big Data and IoT technology correlate data coming from the vehicle and the rail infrastructure to monitor the vehicle’s health in real-time, predicting maintenance interventions, while guaranteeing maximum fleet performance and availability.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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