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Vectron AC certified in Norway
Siemens Mobility's Vectron locomotives are used for both freight and passenger service. During the development of the locomotive, the focus was on providing a future-proof design, investment security, environmental compatibility, fungibility, retrofitting capability and convertibility. The Vectron can be delivered as a purely electrical version for operating with alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC) power systems as well as a multisystem (MS) variant in the power classes 5.2 MW, 5.6 MW and 6.4 MW. Along with the desired national train control system, the locomotives can also be equipped with the latest European Train Control System (ETCS). The locomotives are built in the Siemens Mobility plant in Munich-Allach, Germany. The first Vectron was delivered in 2012. Siemens Mobility has sold over 800 Vectrons to date to a total of 42 customers. The Vectron fleet has accumulated more than 175 million kilometers of service so far. The locomotives are currently certified for operation in 18 countries. For freight transport in Germany, Siemens Mobility also offers the Smartron standard locomotive and the Vectron Dual Mode, a combination of diesel and electric locomotive.

Vectron – the locomotive platform

Figures of a success story

Vectron locomotives have accumulated more than 210 million kilometers of service in 18 countries throughout Europe since 2010. And the Vectron family is still growing. Its consistent alignment with traffic requirements in cross-border transport make Vectron a success story with a future.

Vectron AC – alternating current locomotive

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First Vectron broad-gauge locomotives received authorization in Finland

The Vectron alternating-current (AC) locomotive for the Finnish railway company VR Group has been authorized for operation in Finland by Trafi, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency. For testing and certification of the extensive new equipment package for Finland, up to five locomotives have been undergoing type tests according to the Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI) since early 2016. Various additional functionalities and equipment packages were certified, such as the broad-gauge bogies, the special winter package and the two diesel power modules for bridging short stretches without an overhead power line.

First Vectron broad-gauge locomotives received authorization in Finland

The Vectron alternating-current (AC) locomotive for the Finnish railway company VR Group has been authorized for operation in Finland by Trafi, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency. The first eight Vectrons will immediately enter commercial service today. Today, the first commercial operation will start from the City of Tampere and end at the Vuosaari harbor in Helsinki. Siemens will be delivering a total of 80 locomotives to the VR Group. This is the first order for a broad-gauge configuration and at the same time the biggest single order for the Vectron to date. All locomotives are to be delivered by the end of 2026.

Hector Rail orders 15 locomotives from Siemens

Hector Rail, a Swedish rail transport company, has ordered 15 Vectron alternating-current (AC) locomotives. Delivery is planned beginning in the spring of 2018. All of the locomotives will have a maximum output of 6,400 KW and a top speed of 200 km/h. All Vectron AC locomotives are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS) as well as the ATC2-STM train control system. The locomotives will be used for heavy freight and timber transport in Sweden and Norway. To bridge short stretches without overhead power lines, the locomotives have a diesel power module with radio remote control on board.

ELL continues to rely on Siemens Vectron

Siemens and European Locomotive Leasing (ELL), a provider of full-service leasing of locomotives, have again signed a framework agreement for the delivery of 50 Vectron locomotives. The first locomotives from this new agreement have already been ordered and delivery will begin in the second quarter of 2016. In 2014, ELL had signed a first framework agreement with Siemens for 50 locomotives, and all these locomotives have already been delivered or ordered.

Siemens delivers locomotives to Finland

In February 2014 Finnish Railways VR has ordered 80 locomotives Vectron AC. The contract includes an option for further 97 locomotives. They are rated at 6.4 MW and are designed for a maximum speed of 200 km/h. The bogie is designed for a track gauge of 1,524 mm.

Siemens delivers locomotives to Finland

In February 2014 Finnish Railways VR has ordered 80 locomotives Vectron AC. The contract includes an option for further 97 locomotives. They are rated at 6.4 MW and are designed for a maximum speed of 200 km/h. The bogie is designed for a track gauge of 1,524 mm.

Siemens delivers locomotives to Finland

In February 2014 Finnish Railways VR has ordered 80 locomotives Vectron AC. The contract includes an option for further 97 locomotives. One of many specific features is the use of both side buffers and automatic coupler. Air compressors will provide an output of 3,500 l/min.

In the picture: Manufacturing in Allach, Germany

Siemens delivers locomotives to Finland

One specific type of operation of the finnish locmomotive is the transport of timber by rail. The trains need to be moved in and out of the woods on un-electrified track sections. The finnish Vectron will be equipped with diesel power modules to enable this operation. Remote control will further ease the operation.

In February 2014 Finnish Railways VR has ordered 80 locomotives Vectron AC. The contract includes an option for further 97 locomotives.

In the picture: Manufacturing in Allach, Germany

MRCE orders further Vectron locomotives

The locomotive leasing and service company Mitsui Rail Capital Europe B.V. (MRCE) has ordered 21 additional Vectron locomotives from Siemens, 10 Vectron AC and 11 Vectron MS.

All Vectron locomotives will be manufactured in the Munich-Allach locomotive production plant. The first three locomotives were pre-produced and have already been handed over to MRCE by Siemens. With this new order MRCE will now own a fleet of 56 Vectron locomotives.

MRCE orders further Vectron locomotives

The locomotive leasing and service company Mitsui Rail Capital Europe B.V. (MRCE) has ordered 21 additional Vectron locomotives from Siemens. Ten of these locomotives are of the AC version for operation in Germany and Austria. The other eleven locomotives are equipped as multi-system locomotives and will be operated in Germany, Austria and Italy.

First broad gauge Vectron on its way to Finland

The first Vectron locomotive built for a broad gauge rail system has left the Munich-Allach plant on its way to Finland. It's a so-called advance locomotive for testing purposes. To transport the locomotive on Germany's normal-gauge rail network, a newly developed "loco buggy" is being used. Each of the four axles of the 90-ton Vectron rests on a separate buggy. The special transport system is being used for the first time.

First broad gauge Vectron on its way to Finland

The first Vectron locomotive built for a broad gauge rail system has left the Munich-Allach plant on its way to Finland. It's a so-called advance locomotive for testing purposes. To transport the locomotive on Germany's normal-gauge rail network, a newly developed "loco buggy" is being used. Each of the four axles of the 90-ton Vectron rests on a separate buggy. The special transport system is being used for the first time.

First broad gauge Vectron on its way to Finland

The first Vectron locomotive built for a broad gauge rail system has left the Munich-Allach plant on its way to Finland. It's a so-called advance locomotive for testing purposes. To transport the locomotive on Germany's normal-gauge rail network, a newly developed "loco buggy" is being used. Each of the four axles of the 90-ton Vectron rests on a separate buggy. The special transport system is being used for the first time.

First broad gauge Vectron on its way to Finland

The first Vectron locomotive built for a broad gauge rail system has left the Munich-Allach plant on its way to Finland. It's a so-called advance locomotive for testing purposes. To transport the locomotive on Germany's normal-gauge rail network, a newly developed "loco buggy" is being used. Each of the four axles of the 90-ton Vectron rests on a separate buggy. The special transport system is being used for the first time.

First broad gauge Vectron arrived in Finland

The first Vectron locomotive built for a broad gauge rail system was presented today in the Finnish capital Helsinki. The Vectron has been brought to Finland for testing. It's a so-called advance locomotive for testing purposes. The locomotive will operate in Finland in the spring and summer. A modified version of the locomotive type, which is in use in Europe, is to be built for northern conditions and delivered from 2016.

In the picture: The Vectron at Helsinki's Central Station

Vectron AC certified in Norway

The Norwegian Railway Authority (SJT) granted authorization for the AC version of the Vectron on July 1, 2014. The Vectron AC is designed to operate on alternating voltages of 15 and 25 kV. This authorization applies to Vectrons built for a nominal rating of 6400 kW and a maximum speed of 200 km/h.

Network stability is a particular challenge in Norway. The reasons for this are the rotary converters used at many places in the system which can cause harmonics problems in connection with modern three-phase AC propulsion vehicles. Vectron passed these required tests immediately.

After successful authorization two Vectron AC locomotives were soon put into use by CargoNet in freight traffic on the demanding Oslo–Bergen line.

Siemens to deliver locomotives to Finland - largest single contract for Vectron loco

The Finnish Railways VR Group intends to place an order for 80 electric Vectron locomotives with Siemens worth more than 300 million Euros. This is the largest rolling stock investment ever made by VR Group and the second-largest purchase in Europe this year. The order will include an option for an additional 97 locomotives as well as the maintenance of the locomotives over a period of 10 years. The contracts will be signed in the very near future. The new locomotives designed to operate on broad gauge tracks are scheduled to be delivered one after the other from 2016. The first electric locomotives start operational services in 2017, and the entire fleet will be delivered to Finland by 2026.

For Siemens this marks the largest single contract so far for its latest generation of Vectron locomotives and the first for this type in the broad gauge version.

In the picture: Vectron in Norway

Siemens to deliver locomotives to Finland - largest single contract for Vectron loco

The Finnish Railways VR Group intends to place an order for 80 electric Vectron locomotives with Siemens worth more than 300 million Euros. This is the largest rolling stock investment ever made by VR Group and the second-largest purchase in Europe this year. The order will include an option for an additional 97 locomotives as well as the maintenance of the locomotives over a period of 10 years. The contracts will be signed in the very near future. The new locomotives designed to operate on broad gauge tracks are scheduled to be delivered one after the other from 2016. The first electric locomotives start operational services in 2017, and the entire fleet will be delivered to Finland by 2026.For Siemens this marks the largest single contract so far for its latest generation of Vectron locomotives and the first for this type in the broad gauge version.

The photo shows the Vectron AC variant during a test trip in Kiruna, Sweden, in February 2012.

Siemens to deliver locomotives to Finland - largest single contract for Vectron loco

The Finnish Railways VR Group intends to place an order for 80 electric Vectron locomotives with Siemens worth more than 300 million Euros. This is the largest rolling stock investment ever made by VR Group and the second-largest purchase in Europe this year. The order will include an option for an additional 97 locomotives as well as the maintenance of the locomotives over a period of 10 years. The contracts will be signed in the very near future. The new locomotives designed to operate on broad gauge tracks are scheduled to be delivered one after the other from 2016. The first electric locomotives start operational services in 2017, and the entire fleet will be delivered to Finland by 2026.

For Siemens this marks the largest single contract so far for its latest generation of Vectron locomotives and the first for this type in the broad gauge version.

The photo shows the Vectron AC variant during a test trip in Bergfors, Sweden, in February 2012

Vectron receives authorization for Hungary

The Hungarian National Transport Authority Nemzeti Közledekesi Hatosag (NKZ) granted the first authorization for a Vectron locomotive – the AC version with a rated power of 6,400 kilowatts, designed for a top speed of 200 kilometres per hour. This version is the first from the Vectron platform to receive authorization in Hungary.

The photo shows the Vectron AC variant in Ferencvaros, Hungary in June 12, 2013.

Vectron receives authorization for Hungary

The Hungarian National Transport Authority Nemzeti Közledekesi Hatosag (NKZ) granted the first authorization for a Vectron locomotive – the AC version with a rated power of 6,400 kilowatts, designed for a top speed of 200 kilometres per hour. This version is the first from the Vectron platform to receive authorization in Hungary.

The photo shows the Vectron AC variant in Hegyeshalom, Hungary in June 10, 2013.

Vectron receives authorization for Hungary

The Hungarian National Transport Authority Nemzeti Közledekesi Hatosag (NKZ) granted the first authorization for a Vectron locomotive – the AC version with a rated power of 6,400 kilowatts, designed for a top speed of 200 kilometres per hour. This version is the first from the Vectron platform to receive authorization in Hungary.

The photo shows the Vectron AC variant in Ferencvaros, Hungary in August 14, 2013.

Vectron becomes kilometer millionaire

The Vectron fleet has cleared its first million operating kilometers. Railpool's six Vectron AC locomotives have already covered more than 320,000 kilometers. The four Vectron DC units in Poland, three of which are with DB Schenker Rail Polska, have together racked up approximately 370,000 kilometers. The Scandinavian Vectron AC, currently operating in Sweden, has passed the 120,000 kilometer mark. The remaining kilometers in the million-plus total come from the other locomotives in the series, which are used for test, certification and demonstration runs in many countries.

In the picture: Vectron for Railpool at the Siemens' manufacturing plant in Munich-Allach, Germany, prior to handover

MRCE orders 15 Vectron locomotives

At the beginning of June the locomotive leasing company Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (MRCE) placed an order with Siemens for the delivery of 15 Vectron AC locomotives. The first locomotives from the Siemens locomotive plant in Munich-Allach, Germany, will be handed over to the customer before the end of the year. This order makes MRCE the second leasing company to choose the new Vectron generation.

Vectron receives homologation for Sweden

Vectron has now received its unlimited homologation for Sweden. Following Poland, Romania, Germany and Austria, this is the fifth national homologation in Europe. Previously Vectron had a temporary homologation in Sweden. The homologation process is also underway for further nations, including Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.

The photo shows the Vectron AC variant during a test trip in Järpen, Sweden, in February 2012.

Vectron: Test runs in Channel Tunnel

Last weekend Eurotunnel and Siemens successfully tested the Vectron locomotive in the Channel Tunnel. The tests represent efforts on the part of Eurotunnel to develop cross-channel rail freight. The tests validated the compatibility of the locomotive with the systems and safety regulations applying to the Channel Tunnel. They were carried out with a Vectron AC locomotive in standard configuration where only the two pantographs had been replaced. The test runs confirmed that the Vectron can operate without any problems in the Channel Tunnel with its gradients of 11 per mille, pulling trains of 1,350 metric tons.

Vectron: Test runs in Channel Tunnel

Last weekend Eurotunnel and Siemens successfully tested the Vectron locomotive in the Channel Tunnel. The tests represent efforts on the part of Eurotunnel to develop cross-channel rail freight. The tests validated the compatibility of the locomotive with the systems and safety regulations applying to the Channel Tunnel. They were carried out with a Vectron AC locomotive in standard configuration where only the two pantographs had been replaced. The test runs confirmed that the Vectron can operate without any problems in the Channel Tunnel with its gradients of 11 per mille, pulling trains of 1,350 metric tons.

Vectron: Test runs in Channel Tunnel

Last weekend Eurotunnel and Siemens successfully tested the Vectron locomotive in the Channel Tunnel. The tests represent efforts on the part of Eurotunnel to develop cross-channel rail freight. The tests validated the compatibility of the locomotive with the systems and safety regulations applying to the Channel Tunnel. They were carried out with a Vectron AC locomotive in standard configuration where only the two pantographs had been replaced. The test runs confirmed that the Vectron can operate without any problems in the Channel Tunnel with its gradients of 11 per mille, pulling trains of 1,350 metric tons.

Vectron: Test runs in Channel Tunnel

Last weekend Eurotunnel and Siemens successfully tested the Vectron locomotive in the Channel Tunnel. The tests represent efforts on the part of Eurotunnel to develop cross-channel rail freight. The tests validated the compatibility of the locomotive with the systems and safety regulations applying to the Channel Tunnel. They were carried out with a Vectron AC locomotive in standard configuration where only the two pantographs had been replaced. The test runs confirmed that the Vectron can operate without any problems in the Channel Tunnel with its gradients of 11 per mille, pulling trains of 1,350 metric tons.

Vectron: Test runs in Channel Tunnel

Last weekend Eurotunnel and Siemens successfully tested the Vectron locomotive in the Channel Tunnel. The tests represent efforts on the part of Eurotunnel to develop cross-channel rail freight. The tests validated the compatibility of the locomotive with the systems and safety regulations applying to the Channel Tunnel. They were carried out with a Vectron AC locomotive in standard configuration where only the two pantographs had been replaced. The test runs confirmed that the Vectron can operate without any problems in the Channel Tunnel with its gradients of 11 per mille, pulling trains of 1,350 metric tons.

Vectron: Test runs in Channel Tunnel

Last weekend Eurotunnel and Siemens successfully tested the Vectron locomotive in the Channel Tunnel. The tests represent efforts on the part of Eurotunnel to develop cross-channel rail freight. The tests validated the compatibility of the locomotive with the systems and safety regulations applying to the Channel Tunnel. They were carried out with a Vectron AC locomotive in standard configuration where only the two pantographs had been replaced. The test runs confirmed that the Vectron can operate without any problems in the Channel Tunnel with its gradients of 11 per mille, pulling trains of 1,350 metric tons.

Vectron: Test runs in Channel Tunnel

Last weekend Eurotunnel and Siemens successfully tested the Vectron locomotive in the Channel Tunnel. The tests represent efforts on the part of Eurotunnel to develop cross-channel rail freight. The tests validated the compatibility of the locomotive with the systems and safety regulations applying to the Channel Tunnel. They were carried out with a Vectron AC locomotive in standard configuration where only the two pantographs had been replaced. The test runs confirmed that the Vectron can operate without any problems in the Channel Tunnel with its gradients of 11 per mille, pulling trains of 1,350 metric tons.

Vectron designed by Siemens - New locomotive-generation suitable for cross-border service 

The new Siemens Vectron generation is suitable for both passenger and freight transportation. In both domestic and cross-border service, these locomotives can run at top speeds of 160 km/h or even 200 km/h. The various power classes and voltage systems provide the basis for flexible and demand-oriented locomotive configuration. Country-specific train control systems can be conveniently replaced or complemented.

The photo shows the Vectron AC.

Railpool receives first Vectron locomotive

Railpool, the locomotive leasing company based in Munich, Germany, that ordered six locs in all at the end of 2010, received the first Vectron-Loc at the beginning of November 2012. Summarizing the reasons for his firm's decision, Dr. Walter Breinl, CEO of Railpool GmbH, said: "The decisive factor for Railpool was that we can deploy the Vectron in freight, regional and intercity services without restriction – in other words the locomotives are totally interchangeable." The Railpool locomotives have a rated power of 6,400 kW and have been designed to run at up to 200 km/h. The vehicles will be used in cross-border passenger and freight services in Germany and Austria and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS).

The locomotives are being built at the locomotive factory in the Allach district of Munich.

Railpool receives first Vectron locomotive

Railpool, the locomotive leasing company based in Munich, Germany, that ordered six locs in all at the end of 2010, received the first Vectron-Loc at the beginning of November 2012. Summarizing the reasons for his firm's decision, Dr. Walter Breinl, CEO of Railpool GmbH, said: "The decisive factor for Railpool was that we can deploy the Vectron in freight, regional and intercity services without restriction – in other words the locomotives are totally interchangeable." The Railpool locomotives have a rated power of 6,400 kW and have been designed to run at up to 200 km/h. The vehicles will be used in cross-border passenger and freight services in Germany and Austria and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS).

The locomotives are being built at the locomotive factory in the Allach district of Munich.

Railpool receives first Vectron locomotive

Railpool, the locomotive leasing company based in Munich, Germany, that ordered six locs in all at the end of 2010, received the first Vectron-Loc at the beginning of November 2012. Summarizing the reasons for his firm's decision, Dr. Walter Breinl, CEO of Railpool GmbH, said: "The decisive factor for Railpool was that we can deploy the Vectron in freight, regional and intercity services without restriction – in other words the locomotives are totally interchangeable." The Railpool locomotives have a rated power of 6,400 kW and have been designed to run at up to 200 km/h. The vehicles will be used in cross-border passenger and freight services in Germany and Austria and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS).

The locomotives are being built at the locomotive factory in the Allach district of Munich.

Railpool receives first Vectron locomotive

Railpool, the locomotive leasing company based in Munich, Germany, that ordered six locs in all at the end of 2010, received the first Vectron-Loc at the beginning of November 2012. Summarizing the reasons for his firm's decision, Dr. Walter Breinl, CEO of Railpool GmbH, said: "The decisive factor for Railpool was that we can deploy the Vectron in freight, regional and intercity services without restriction – in other words the locomotives are totally interchangeable." The Railpool locomotives have a rated power of 6,400 kW and have been designed to run at up to 200 km/h. The vehicles will be used in cross-border passenger and freight services in Germany and Austria and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS).

The locomotives are being built at the locomotive factory in the Allach district of Munich.

Railpool receives first Vectron locomotive

Railpool, the locomotive leasing company based in Munich, Germany, that ordered six locs in all at the end of 2010, received the first Vectron-Loc at the beginning of November 2012. Summarizing the reasons for his firm's decision, Dr. Walter Breinl, CEO of Railpool GmbH, said: "The decisive factor for Railpool was that we can deploy the Vectron in freight, regional and intercity services without restriction – in other words the locomotives are totally interchangeable." The Railpool locomotives have a rated power of 6,400 kW and have been designed to run at up to 200 km/h. The vehicles will be used in cross-border passenger and freight services in Germany and Austria and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS).

The locomotives are being built at the locomotive factory in the Allach district of Munich.

Railpool receives first Vectron locomotive

At an event Railpool, the locomotive leasing company based in Munich, Germany, that ordered a total of six locomotives from Siemens at the end of 2010, received the first Vectron-Loc at the beginning of November 2012.

The Railpool locomotives have a rated power of 6,400 kW and have been designed to run at up to 200 km/h. The vehicles will be used in cross-border passenger and freight services in Germany and Austria and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS). The locs have already been fitted with the wiring for other train protection systems. That means that, in future, their area of operation can easily be extended, for example via Hungary toward Constanta, Romania.

The locomotives are being built at the locomotive factory in Munich-Allach, Germany.

Railpool receives first Vectron locomotive

Railpool, the locomotive leasing company based in Munich, Germany, that ordered six locs in all at the end of 2010, received the first Vectron-Loc at the beginning of November 2012. Summarizing the reasons for his firm's decision, Dr. Walter Breinl, CEO of Railpool GmbH, said: "The decisive factor for Railpool was that we can deploy the Vectron in freight, regional and intercity services without restriction – in other words the locomotives are totally interchangeable." The Railpool locomotives have a rated power of 6,400 kW and have been designed to run at up to 200 km/h. The vehicles will be used in cross-border passenger and freight services in Germany and Austria and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS).

The locomotives are being built at the locomotive factory in the Allach district of Munich.

Railpool receives first Vectron locomotive

Railpool, the locomotive leasing company based in Munich, Germany, that ordered six locs in all at the end of 2010, received the first Vectron-Loc at the beginning of November 2012. Summarizing the reasons for his firm's decision, Dr. Walter Breinl, CEO of Railpool GmbH, said: "The decisive factor for Railpool was that we can deploy the Vectron in freight, regional and intercity services without restriction – in other words the locomotives are totally interchangeable." The Railpool locomotives have a rated power of 6,400 kW and have been designed to run at up to 200 km/h. The vehicles will be used in cross-border passenger and freight services in Germany and Austria and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS).

The locomotives are being built at the locomotive factory in the Allach district of Munich.

Railpool receives first Vectron locomotive

Railpool, the locomotive leasing company based in Munich, Germany, that ordered six locs in all at the end of 2010, received the first Vectron-Loc at the beginning of November 2012. Summarizing the reasons for his firm's decision, Dr. Walter Breinl, CEO of Railpool GmbH, said: "The decisive factor for Railpool was that we can deploy the Vectron in freight, regional and intercity services without restriction – in other words the locomotives are totally interchangeable." The Railpool locomotives have a rated power of 6,400 kW and have been designed to run at up to 200 km/h. The vehicles will be used in cross-border passenger and freight services in Germany and Austria and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS).

The locomotives are being built at the locomotive factory in the Allach district of Munich.

Railpool receives first Vectron locomotive

Railpool, the locomotive leasing company based in Munich, Germany, that ordered six locs in all at the end of 2010, received the first Vectron-Loc at the beginning of November 2012. Summarizing the reasons for his firm's decision, Dr. Walter Breinl, CEO of Railpool GmbH, said: "The decisive factor for Railpool was that we can deploy the Vectron in freight, regional and intercity services without restriction – in other words the locomotives are totally interchangeable." The Railpool locomotives have a rated power of 6,400 kW and have been designed to run at up to 200 km/h. The vehicles will be used in cross-border passenger and freight services in Germany and Austria and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS).

The locomotives are being built at the locomotive factory in the Allach district of Munich.

Vectron designed by Siemens - New locomotive-generation suitable for cross-border service

The new Siemens Vectron generation is suitable for both passenger and freight transportation. In both domestic and cross-border service, these locomotives can run at top speeds of 160 km/h or even 200 km/h. The various power classes and voltage systems provide the basis for flexible and demand-oriented locomotive configuration. Country-specific train control systems can be conveniently replaced or complemented.

The photo shows the Vectron AC variant during a test trip at the Wegberg-Wildenrath (PCW) Test and Validation Center in September 2011.

Vectron designed by Siemens - New locomotive-generation suitable for cross-border service

The new Siemens Vectron generation is suitable for both passenger and freight transportation. In both domestic and cross-border service, these locomotives can run at top speeds of 160 km/h or even 200 km/h. The various power classes and voltage systems provide the basis for flexible and demand-oriented locomotive configuration. Country-specific train control systems can be conveniently replaced or complemented.

The photo shows the Vectron AC variant during a test trip south of Torneträsk, Sweden, in February 2012.

Further Information

Vectron DC – direct current locomotive

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Siemens networks locomotives of Deutsche Bahn

DB Cargo AG has commissioned Siemens to equip its locomotive fleet for condition-based, predictive maintenance. The upgrade applies to Siemens locomotives of the 152 Series Eurosprinter ES64F and locomotives of the 170 and 191 Series, both Vectron types. For the 152 Series locomotives, Siemens will retrofit the necessary telemetric systems and network all locomotives with the "TechLOK" system used by DB Cargo. The contract has a term of six years. The telemetric systems continually collect data on the condition of the locomotives. With this data, experts at Siemens' Mobility Data Services Center will work with DB Cargo to develop identified applications and data analytics models.

ELL continues to rely on Siemens Vectron

Siemens and European Locomotive Leasing (ELL), a provider of full-service leasing of locomotives, have again signed a framework agreement for the delivery of 50 Vectron locomotives. The first locomotives from this new agreement have already been ordered and delivery will begin in the second quarter of 2016. In 2014, ELL had signed a first framework agreement with Siemens for 50 locomotives, and all these locomotives have already been delivered or ordered.

Siemens hands over two Vectron locomotives to DB Schenker Rail Polska

Siemens handed over two of 23 ordered locomotives to DB Schenker Rail Polska S.A. in Warsaw, Poland, at the end of 2012. Delivery is due to be completed by early 2015. Siemens had received the order in early December. It also includes an option for the purchase of 13 more units. DB Schenker Rail Polska, the largest private rail cargo operator in Poland, wants to use the vehicles for the transportation of cargo in Poland. For this reason, the Vectron was designed for operation in the Polish DC power system and equipped with the proper train protection system. The new Vectron locomotive generation had received the open-ended certificate for Poland for the new 3 kV DC version in September 2012.

Siemens hands over two Vectron locomotives to DB Schenker Rail Polska

Siemens handed over two of 23 ordered locomotives to DB Schenker Rail Polska S.A. in Warsaw, Poland, at the end of 2012. Delivery is due to be completed by early 2015. Siemens had received the order in early December. It also includes an option for the purchase of 13 more units. DB Schenker Rail Polska, the largest private rail cargo operator in Poland, wants to use the vehicles for the transportation of cargo in Poland. For this reason, the Vectron was designed for operation in the Polish DC power system and equipped with the proper train protection system. The new Vectron locomotive generation had received the open-ended certificate for Poland for the new 3 kV DC version in September 2012.

Siemens hands over two Vectron locomotives to DB Schenker Rail Polska

Siemens handed over two of 23 ordered locomotives to DB Schenker Rail Polska S.A. in Warsaw, Poland, at the end of 2012. Delivery is due to be completed by early 2015. Siemens had received the order in early December. It also includes an option for the purchase of 13 more units. DB Schenker Rail Polska, the largest private rail cargo operator in Poland, wants to use the vehicles for the transportation of cargo in Poland. For this reason, the Vectron was designed for operation in the Polish DC power system and equipped with the proper train protection system. The new Vectron locomotive generation had received the open-ended certificate for Poland for the new 3 kV DC version in September 2012.

Vectron DC: unlimited homologation for Poland

The 3 kV DC variant of the Vectron, the next generation locomotive, has been issued unlimited homologation for Poland. This is the second national homologation for the Vectron in Europe, with unlimited homologation having previously been issued for Romania. Preliminary homologation has also been obtained in Sweden. Homologation runs have already been completed for Germany, as have the network access runs for Austria. The homologation process for Switzerland, Italy and The Netherlands is also underway.

Vectron: first unlimited homologation

Vectron 193 951 with train number 413000 successfully completed tractive effort test runs in Poland and Sweden. In Poland, it was able to pull a coal train weighing roughly 3,800 metric tons up a six per mille gradient between Zawiercie and Warsaw without any problems.

Further Information

Vectron MS – multi-system locomotive

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500th electric Vectron locomotive ordered

European Locomotive Leasing (ELL), a provider of full-service leasing of electric locomotives, has ordered an additional eight Vectron locomotives from Siemens. ELL is currently the biggest Vectron customer. The multisystem locomotives have a maximum output of 6.4 MW and a top speed of 200 km/h. ELL will lease the locomotives to the Czech railway České Dráhy for passenger service on the Prague-Berlin route. With this order, Siemens has passed the mark of 500 sold electric locomotives – and the counter now stands at 507 in total.

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SüdLeasing orders 20 locomotives on behalf of SBB Cargo International

Switzerland’s SBB Cargo International AG has ordered 20 Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens Mobility in cooperation with SüdLeasing GmbH. The locomotives will be leased by SBB Cargo International to SüdLeasing through a long-term leasing plan with a flexible term. In addition, SBB Cargo International has acquired an option for 20 additional locomotives from Siemens Mobility.

DB Cargo and Siemens Mobility sign framework agreement for 100 multisystem locomotives

Siemens Mobility and DB Cargo AG signed a framework agreement for the delivery of 100 multisystem locomotives. At the signing of the contract, DB's freight division placed an initial call for 40 Vectron multisystem locomotives. The locomotives are planned for cross-border transport in several European countries. Delivery of the locomotives will begin in February 2019 and be completed by June 2020. 

MRCE orders 30 Vectron locomotives

Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (MRCE), a full-service locomotive leasing company, has ordered 30 Vectron locomotives from Siemens. Ten of the units will be delivered as multisystem Vectron MS for cross-border operations in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Twenty further locomotives will be equipped as direct-current locomotives (Vectron DC) to operate in Italy. Delivery of the locomotives is scheduled to begin from January 2018. The contract with MRCE also includes an option for an additional 20 locomotives.

Siemens signs framework contract for 100 locomotives with Deutsche Bahn

Siemens and DB Cargo AG have signed a framework agreement for the delivery of 100 locomotives. At the closing of the contract, the freight transport arm of Deutsche Bahn called up 60 Vectron multisystem locomotives. The locomotives will serve on the Rhine-Alpine-Corridor (DACHINL: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands). Delivery of the vehicles will begin at the end of 2017.

ÖBB orders up to 200 locomotives from Siemens

Austrian Railways (ÖBB) has signed a framework contract with Siemens for the delivery of up to 200 Vectron locomotives. Under the contract, up to 100 alternating current (AC) locomotives, 50 alternating current (AC) locomotives with diesel power modules, and 50 multisystem (MS) locomotives can be called up. A firm order for 30 MS locomotives was placed at the signing. The locomotives will be built in the Siemens plant in Munich-Allach, Germany. The first units are to be delivered beginning in summer of 2018.

18 Vectron locomotives ordered

Together with the infrastructure fund of Reichmuth Infrastruktur Schweiz AG, the leasing company LokRoll AG has ordered 18 multisystem Vectron locomotives from Siemens. They will be used for cross-border operation along the Germany-Austria-Switzerland-Italy corridor. In addition to having national train control systems, all locomotives will also be equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS). The locomotives will have a maximum output of 6,400 KW and a top speed of 160 km/h. LokRoll will lease the locomotives to the Swiss freight transport firm SBB Cargo International for a period of 15 years.

Siemens at Innotrans 2016: Vectron MS - multi-system locomotive

Vectron was developed based on information from interviews with many different operators, and on experience gained from more than 1,600 Eurosprinters and Eurorunners in operation. Ensured viability into the future, investment security, environmental compatibility and fungibility were most important to operators.

Siemens at Innotrans 2016: Vectron MS - multi-system locomotive

Vectron was developed based on information from interviews with many different operators, and on experience gained from more than 1,600 Eurosprinters and Eurorunners in operation. Ensured viability into the future, investment security, environmental compatibility and fungibility were most important to operators.

Siemens at Innotrans 2016: Vectron MS - multi-system locomotive

Vectron was developed based on information from interviews with many different operators, and on experience gained from more than 1,600 Eurosprinters and Eurorunners in operation. Ensured viability into the future, investment security, environmental compatibility and fungibility were most important to operators.

ČD Cargo orders five Vectron locomotives

The Czech rail transport company ČD Cargo has ordered five Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens. The multisystem locomotives can be operated in all countries neighboring the Czech Republic as well as in Hungary and Romania. The Vectrons will be used for transporting automobiles by rail between Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany, and on other international routes.

ČD Cargo orders five Vectron locomotives

The Czech rail transport company ČD Cargo has ordered five Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens. The multisystem locomotives can be operated in all countries neighboring the Czech Republic as well as in Hungary and Romania. The Vectrons will be used for transporting automobiles by rail between Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany, and on other international routes.

MRCE orders further Vectron locomotives

The locomotive leasing and service company Mitsui Rail Capital Europe B.V. (MRCE) has ordered 21 additional Vectron locomotives from Siemens, 10 Vectron AC and 11 Vectron MS.

All Vectron locomotives will be manufactured in the Munich-Allach locomotive production plant. The first three locomotives were pre-produced and have already been handed over to MRCE by Siemens. With this new order MRCE will now own a fleet of 56 Vectron locomotives.

MRCE orders further Vectron locomotives

The locomotive leasing and service company Mitsui Rail Capital Europe B.V. (MRCE) has ordered 21 additional Vectron locomotives from Siemens. Ten of these locomotives are of the AC version for operation in Germany and Austria. The other eleven locomotives are equipped as multi-system locomotives and will be operated in Germany, Austria and Italy.

Vectron locomotive receives authorization for Slovakia

Slovakia's approval body has granted permanent authorization for the Vectron multi-system and AC versions to operate in the country, thus permitting the Vectron to travel on the Slovakian rail network's routes without restriction.

In the picture: Operator RegioJet's multi-system Vectron locomotive on its way in Slovakia.

Vectron authorization tests in Bulgaria

In April, Siemens' Vectron electric locomotive was sent to Bulgaria to undergo authorization tests. The locomotive used for the trials was the 6,400-kW multi-system version of the Vectron equipped for running on both AC and DC power. A special 1,600-ton freight train was used for the trials and consisted of 13 freight cars as well as a second electric locomotive at the rear.

Vectron authorization tests in Bulgaria

In April, Siemens' Vectron electric locomotive was sent to Bulgaria to undergo authorization tests. Part of the tests were conducted on the picturesque sub-Balkan railway line, which is one of the toughest routes in terms of topography, featuring the longest gradient in the network with 16‰. The test route also included the Koznitsa tunnel, the longest in the country at nearly six kilometers.

When authorization is finalized, the Bulgarian link will complete the rail corridor from Germany to Turkey. The Vectron has already received authorizations for Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Turkey.

Vectron authorization tests in Bulgaria

In April, Siemens' Vectron electric locomotive was sent to Bulgaria to undergo authorization tests. Part of the tests were conducted on the picturesque sub-Balkan railway line, which is one of the toughest routes in terms of topography, featuring the longest gradient in the network with 16‰. The test route also included the Koznitsa tunnel, the longest in the country at nearly six kilometers.

Vectron authorization tests in Bulgaria

In April, Siemens' Vectron electric locomotive was sent to Bulgaria to undergo authorization tests. The tests were carried out near Sofia, the capital, as well as on one of the main lines connecting the western and eastern parts of the country. The envisaged authorization of the Vectron in Bulgaria marks an important milestone in the roll-out of the Vectron family in Europe. Intermodal transport between Europe and Asia has seen a substantial increase in recent years.

In the picture: At the Karlovo station, the Vectron encounters a Desiro EMU operated by Bulgarian State Railways.

Vectron authorization tests in Bulgaria

In April, Siemens' Vectron electric locomotive was sent to Bulgaria to undergo authorization tests. The tests were carried out near Sofia, the capital, as well as on one of the main lines connecting the western and eastern parts of the country. Authorization will enable the Vectron family to further extend its coverage by serving an important freight corridor between Europe and Asia.

In the picture: The Vectron running electromagnetic tests near Sofia, Bulgaria.

Vectron locomotive approved for Czech Republic

The Czech Rail Authority has granted final and full approval for the Vectron multi-system and AC versions to operate in the Czech Republic. The Vectron locomotive can therefore run on all sections of the Czech network without any restrictions.

In the pricture: The multi-system Vectron locomotive of European Locomotive Leasing (ELL) on its way in the Czech Republic.

BLS Cargo orders 15 multisystem Vectron type locomotives

The Swiss rail cargo specialist BLS Cargo has ordered 15 Vectron MS multisystem locomotives from Siemens that will be used in cross-border service in Germany (D), Austria (A), Switzerland (CH), Italy (I) and the Netherlands (NL). All traction and train control systems required for the north-south freight corridor are on board. The locomotive can reach speeds up to 200 km/h and has an output of 6,400 kW. Delivery will take place in three phases, and the first locomotives are scheduled to enter service in the second half of 2016.

In the picture: The Vectron locomotive during test runs on Nov 13, 2014 in Switzerland. Vectron on the Kander Viaduct on the way from Kandersteg to Frutigen.

Vectron: first unlimited homologation

Vectron 193 923 at the beginning of 2012 during winter testing on the Iron Ore Line. Preliminary homologation was issued for the Swedish network after the locomotive successfully completed testing under winter conditions in northern Sweden. 

Vectron designed by Siemens - New locomotive-generation suitable for cross-border service

The new Siemens Vectron generation is suitable for both passenger and freight transportation. In both domestic and cross-border service, these locomotives can run at top speeds of 160 km/h or even 200 km/h. The various power classes and voltage systems provide the basis for flexible and demand-oriented locomotive configuration. Country-specific train control systems can be conveniently replaced or complemented.

The photo shows the Vectron MS multi-system variant during a test trip on the Nuremberg-Ingolstadt high speed railway line in June 2011.

Vectron designed by Siemens - New locomotive-generation suitable for cross-border service

The new Siemens Vectron generation is suitable for both passenger and freight transportation. In both domestic and cross-border service, these locomotives can run at top speeds of 160 km/h or even 200 km/h. The various power classes and voltage systems provide the basis for flexible and demand-oriented locomotive configuration. Country-specific train control systems can be conveniently replaced or complemented.

The photo shows the Vectron MS multi-system variant at the Siemens plant in Munich-Allach in November 2010.

Vectron designed by Siemens - New locomotive-generation suitable for cross-border service

The new Siemens Vectron generation is suitable for both passenger and freight transportation. In both domestic and cross-border service, these locomotives can run at top speeds of 160 km/h or even 200 km/h. The various power classes and voltage systems provide the basis for flexible and demand-oriented locomotive configuration. Country-specific train control systems can be conveniently replaced or complemented.

The photo shows the Vectron MS multi-system variant at the Siemens plant in Munich-Allach in November 2010.

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Vectron DE – diesel-electric locomotive

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Vectron DE receives authorization for Germany and TSI certificate

The diesel-electric variant of the Vectron locomotive has reached authorization for putting into service for Germany. Gerald Hörster, President of the German Federal Railway Authority (EBA), and Andreas Thomasch, Head of Directorate Rolling Stock and Operations of EBA, handed over the approval certificate to Jürgen Wilder, CEO of the Siemens Locomotives and Components Business Unit, at Innotrans, the international trade fair for transport, today. Also today, the EC certificate was handed over by Klaus Bosch, CEO of TÜV SÜD Rail, to Siemens for its diesel-electric variant of the Vectron locomotive family by the Notified Body (NoBo) Railcert. The certificate was awarded in July already.

In the picture (l-r): Gerald Hörster, President Federal Railway Authority (EBA); Jürgen Wilder, CEO Siemens Business Unit Locomotives & Components; Andreas Thomasch, Head Head of Directorate Rolling Stock and Operations of EBA; Klaus Bosch, CEO TÜV SÜD Rail; and Doris Mohr, Project Manager Vectron-Certification TÜV SÜD Rail/Railcert.

Vectron DE receives authorization for Germany and TSI certificate

The diesel-electric variant of the Vectron locomotive has reached authorization for putting into service for Germany. Gerald Hörster, President of the German Federal Railway Authority (EBA), and Andreas Thomasch, Head of Directorate Rolling Stock and Operations of EBA, handed over the approval certificate to Jürgen Wilder, CEO of the Siemens Locomotives and Components Business Unit, at Innotrans, the international trade fair for transport, today. Also today, the EC certificate was handed over by Klaus Bosch, CEO of TÜV SÜD Rail, to Siemens for its diesel-electric variant of the Vectron locomotive family by the Notified Body (NoBo) Railcert. The certificate was awarded in July already.

Vectron becomes kilometer millionaire

The Vectron fleet has cleared its first million operating kilometers. Railpool's six Vectron AC locomotives have already covered more than 320,000 kilometers. The four Vectron DC units in Poland, three of which are with DB Schenker Rail Polska, have together racked up approximately 370,000 kilometers. The Scandinavian Vectron AC, currently operating in Sweden, has passed the 120,000 kilometer mark. The remaining kilometers in the million-plus total come from the other locomotives in the series, which are used for test, certification and demonstration runs in many countries.

New locomotive-generation suitable for cross-border service

The new Siemens Vectron generation is suitable for both passenger and freight transportation. In both domestic and cross-border service, these locomotives can run at top speeds of 160 km/h or even 200 km/h. The various power classes and voltage systems provide the basis for flexible and demand-oriented locomotive configuration. Country-specific train control systems can be conveniently replaced or complemented.

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Vectron Dual Mode - Combined diesel and electric locomotive

The Vectron Dual Mode can be operated as both a diesel and electric locomotive. On electrified sections of track, the new locomotive is powered by electricity to save fuel and reduce maintenance costs. The locomotive can be switched to diesel mode on non-electrified sections. The Vectron Dual Mode concept enables operators to increase their sustainable value throughout the locomotive's lifecycle.

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Vectron Dual Mode - Environmental friendliness

Vectron Dual Mode - Cost efficiency

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First Vectron Dual Mode left the factory in Munich-Allach

At the InnoTrans 2018 Siemens Mobility premiered the concept for the new Vectron Dual Mode locomotive. By combining diesel and electric power, it brings together the best of two worlds and offers a sustainable and economical solution for freight transport in Germany. Today the first Vectron Dual Mode left the factory in Munich-Allach.

First Vectron Dual Mode left the factory in Munich-Allach

At the InnoTrans 2018 Siemens Mobility premiered the concept for the new Vectron Dual Mode locomotive. By combining diesel and electric power, it brings together the best of two worlds and offers a sustainable and economical solution for freight transport in Germany. Today the first Vectron Dual Mode left the factory in Munich-Allach.

First Vectron Dual Mode left the factory in Munich-Allach

At the InnoTrans 2018 Siemens Mobility premiered the concept for the new Vectron Dual Mode locomotive. By combining diesel and electric power, it brings together the best of two worlds and offers a sustainable and economical solution for freight transport in Germany. Today the first Vectron Dual Mode left the factory in Munich-Allach.

First Vectron Dual Mode left the factory in Munich-Allach

At the InnoTrans 2018 Siemens Mobility premiered the concept for the new Vectron Dual Mode locomotive. By combining diesel and electric power, it brings together the best of two worlds and offers a sustainable and economical solution for freight transport in Germany. Today the first Vectron Dual Mode left the factory in Munich-Allach.

Siemens Mobility presents new Vectron Dual Mode locomotive

Siemens Mobility will be presenting a new locomotive at the InnoTrans 2018, the world's largest trade fair for railway technology. The Vectron Dual Mode can be operated as both a diesel and electric locomotive. On electrified sections of track, the new locomotive is powered by electricity to save fuel and reduce maintenance costs. The locomotive can be switched to diesel mode on non-electrified sections.

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Smartron – Standard locomotive for Germany

The Smartron is tailored for a specific transport function and utilizes all the advantages provided by standardization. As a preconfigured locomotive, the Smartron has been conceived for transporting freight in Germany and ensures customers cost-efficient operation and the highest safety standards.

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Presentation of the Smartron Locomotive at InnoTrans 2018

Sabrina Soussan, CEO Siemens Mobility, Jörn Enderlein, Board Member for Logistics and Managing Director of EGP (Eisenbahngesellschaft Potsdam mbH), Albrecht Neumann Head of Locomotives Siemens Mobility.

New Siemens "Smartron" locomotive for Germany

Siemens is offering a new locomotive for service in Germany: The Smartron is tailored for a specific transport function and utilizes all the advantages provided by standardization. As a preconfigured locomotive, the Smartron has been conceived for transporting freight in Germany and ensures customers cost-efficient operation and the highest safety standards. The Smartron has already received approval for operating in Germany. The locomotives can now be ordered and will be delivered beginning late in 2018. The first locomotive of the new series is immediately available to customers for test runs and demonstration.

New Siemens "Smartron" locomotive for Germany

Siemens is offering a new locomotive for service in Germany: The Smartron is tailored for a specific transport function and utilizes all the advantages provided by standardization. As a preconfigured locomotive, the Smartron has been conceived for transporting freight in Germany and ensures customers cost-efficient operation and the highest safety standards. The Smartron has already received approval for operating in Germany. The locomotives can now be ordered and will be delivered beginning late in 2018. The first locomotive of the new series is immediately available to customers for test runs and demonstration.

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