Alstom to build four new Traxx locomotives for PCC Intermodal

PCC Intermodal and Alstom have signed a contract for the delivery of four brand new Traxx MS3 multisystem locomotives, together with the provision of full maintenance service. They signed an agreement towards this end on 29 June 2021. The contract covers the production of the locomotives, the certification, the training of PCC Intermodal personel and the provision of full maintenance service. It includes in addition the option to order one additional locomotive.

The Traxx MS3 locomotives will be used in cross-border operations between Poland, Germany, Austria, Czechia and Slovakia and hit the rails before the end of 2022.

4 European voltages

The MS version can be used under the four voltages commonly found in Europe and belongs to the Traxx, the most modern four-axle locomotive platform in Europe. It consists of the Traxx AC3 (alternating current), the Traxx MS3 (Multi-System, for all main currents in Europe) and the Traxx DC3. The Traxx platform was introduced 15 years ago and more than 1,750 locomotives are in operation in Europe.

“We are very happy that signing contracts and deliveries of modern locomotives and new rail platforms take place during the European Year of Rail”, said Dariusz Stefański, CEO of PCC Intermodal SA, during the contract signing in Warsaw. “We truly believe that intermodal transport is one of the most important factors of sustainable development. It is really great that PCC Intermodal with Alstom locomotives can be a part of this modern, trans-European transport system and that we can play an active role in the European Green Deal Project.”

‘Most modern and innovative platform’

“We are proud that our four Traxx MS3 locomotives will join the PCC Intermodal fleet next year. Let’s not forget that Traxx MS3 locomotives are based on the newest, most modern and innovative locomotive platform. This locomotive is characterised by its energy efficiency, its proven ability to pull higher loads than comparable locomotives, its simplified interface with the European Train Control System and improved maintainability”, underlines Sławomir Nalewajka, managing director Poland, Ukraine and Baltic States at Alstom.

Alstom and PCC sign the contract

Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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