Hamburg Metrans intermodal orders new TRAXX locos
The Port of Hamburg intermodal subsidiary Metrans has significantly boosted its rail freight operations with an order for ten more powerful TRAXX multisystem locomotives from Bombardier.
Metrans, a branch of the port’s logistical and transportation arm HHLA (Hamburger Hafen und Logistik), currrently owns 50 mainline locomotives for use in its European network, supported by 17 shunters.
As well as having its own terminals in Europe, Metrans is also looking to strengthen its own traction fleet. With more Metrans locomotives pulling container trains across the continent, the acquisition of these new TRAXX locomotives will build on this strategy. Delivery will begin this year.
Capable of hauling Metrans trains weighing up to 2,200 tonnes, the locomotives are TRAXX F140MS models, class 186. ‘F’ denotes freight, ‘140’ the maximum speed and ‘MS’ is for multi-system. The locomotives, which have a 7,616 horsepower, have been built to handle the various tensioning and train control systems in place across Europe.
Peter Kiss, Executive Board Member of the Metrans Group, said: “With more of our own locomotives at our disposal, we can do an even better job of managing the transport process. This will allow us to be more reliable, to be more flexible in response to the requests of our customers and to offer new services. Next year, we will be looking to accomplish this goal mainly in Poland, where Metrans is taking over from the HHLA subsidiary Polzug.”