ERTICO Partner Siemens celebrates the selling of its 1,000th Vectron locomotive, the locomotive platform for Europe-wide cross-border rail transport.

“The sale of the 1,000th Vectron is a success that underscores the long-standing trust and satisfaction of our customers. Designed for operating throughout Europe, the Vectron enables cross-border transport without changing locomotives. They create transport corridors across borders, ensuring efficient, ecofriendly and reliable European rail transport,” said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility.

“We are strongly focused on our ability to ensure sustainable public transport with proven electric-based platforms in our modernization of DSB’s rolling stock fleet. We are, of course, looking forward to receiving all the Vectron locomotives we have ordered from Siemens Mobility, and the fact that we will receive locomotive number 1,000 shows that it is possible to establish standardized and off-the-shelf products in the railway industry,” said Jürgen Müller, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Rolling Stock, DSB.

The Vectron is used for both freight and passenger service. The locomotives can be delivered as a purely electric version operating on either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC), or as a multisystem (MS) variant. The Vectrons have a power output of 5.2 or 6.4 megawatts. For freight transport in selected countries, Siemens Mobility also has the standard Smartron locomotive as well as the Vectron Dual Mode, a combined diesel and electric locomotive, in its portfolio. The Vectron locomotives have already accumulated more than 300 million fleet kilometers of service and are certified for operating in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.  The Vectron has also recently been approved for operating in Belgium. Including this new order, the Vectron fleet operated by DSB has grown to 42 locomotives. The company ordered its first 34 AC Vectrons from Siemens Mobility in 2018 and 2019. The locomotives will be used for passenger service in Denmark. Deliveries will start at the end of 2020.

Source and photo credits: Siemens Mobility