Metrans receives first new Vectron locomotive

Rail freight operator Metrans received the first Vectron multi-system locomotive at its container terminal in Prague on Monday 11 November. The vehicle is part of an order consisting of ten such units, The remaining fleet is currently manufactured in the Siemens Mobility factory in Munich-Allach and will be delivered in full by spring 2020. Metrans will deploy the new Vectron locomotives in freight traffic across Central and Eastern Europe.

The new locomotives for Metrans reach a maximum output of 6.4 MW and a top speed of 160 km/h. They are also set up with the required national train control system as well as the European Train Control System (ETCS). The locomotives are allowed to operate in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Future upgrades for operation in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia are also possible.

Expansion

“We are very happy to have received the first of ten Vectron locomotives from Siemens Mobility at our location in Prague. The expansion of our locomotive fleet to nearly 100 vehicles highlights our commitment to grow with the transport flows of the future. The flexibility of the Vectron locomotives makes it possible for us to deliver on our promises to customers even faster and more reliably”, said Martin Horinek, Chief Operational Officer of the Metrans Group, on the vehicle’s arrival.

“We are delighted to be handing over this Vectron locomotive to Metrans exactly on schedule. However, our work does not end with the production and handover of the locomotive. We see the reliability of vehicles in their daily operations as an essential condition for our customers’ satisfaction. We offer the availability of spare parts with guaranteed delivery within 24 hours and an experienced local service team. That is why we appreciate Metrans’s decision to cooperate closely with us on the maintenance of the progressively supplied locomotives”, said Roman Kokšal, CEO of Siemens Mobility Czech Republic, in Prague.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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