Bombardier Transportation has received an order from Angel Trains for the delivery of 36 TRAXX locomotives, consisting of 26 Bombardier TRAXX F140 MS multi-system locomotives and 10 F140 DC locomotives under a framework agreement that offers Angel Trains the possibility of ordering up to 100 locomotives subject to the same general conditions. This order by Angel Trains is intended to complement Angel Trains’ existing fleet of diesel and TRAXX AC locomotives and to allow both parties to offer a quick response to the operator’s demand. The first 36 locomotives order, including a variety of types, country specific signalling equipment and options, is valued approximately $202 million US (150 million Euros).
Delivery of the DC locomotives is scheduled between October 2006 and March 2007, with the multi-system locomotives following between January 2007 and September 2007. The locomotives will be manufactured at Bombardier's facilities in Kassel, Germany.
"With the development of our ultramodern multi-system locomotive, we have taken an important step on the way to the European cross-border rail services of the future. The order is also a demonstration of the trust and confidence placed by Angel Trains in Bombardier's ability to develop convincing products today for the transport solutions of tomorrow," said Edmund Schlummer, President, Locomotives and Freight, Bombardier Transportation. "The order is also particularly important to us because it means the F 140 DC locomotive will go into service for the first time as an active member of TRAXX family.”
Colin Walton, Chief Country Representative UK, Bombardier Transportation, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Angel Trains and enabling this important busi-ness outside the UK.”
Building on the successful placement in service of 35 Bombardier TRAXX AC locomotives already owned by Angel Trains, Europe’s largest locomotive lessor, Angel Trains intends to offer the multi-system locomotives for deployment on international services in Europe. Ten of the TRAXX MS locomotives are earmarked for services between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. A further ten will operate shuttle services between Germany and Poland, and six are intended for cross-border services between Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. The ten TRAXX F 140 DC locomotives are designated for deployment in Italy.
The modular multi-system locomotive, which is tailor-made for freight services within Europe, is designed for both DC and AC power supply systems, and can be equipped with all the various train safety systems currently in use in Europe. Both locomotive versions will be equipped with Bombardier’s proven and reliable MITRAC propulsion and control systems.
The TRAXX F140 DC is fitted with the train safety systems required for Italy and thus complies with all the requirements for unrestricted operation in the growing Italian freight market. Although it has been developed primarily for freight services, the locomotive is also equipped with all the components necessary for passenger services.
With Bombardier's EBI Cab onboard automatic train control system, which includes ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) technology and STM (Specific Transmission Module) components, the two locomotive versions can cross borders with no delays caused by locomotive or crew changes.
The strategy employed in the development and production of the locomotives from the TRAXX family, using as many identical parts as possible, has resulted in genuine synergies for the customer. It also means that the vehicles can be integrated smoothly into existing fleets. Operational and maintenance costs are low, the locomotives feature high availability and reliability, and they also offer the benefits of an extremely service-friendly design throughout the entire life cycle. Over 750 of the locomotives, which are derived from the Class 185 locomotive, have been ordered to date, and more than 350 of them currently operate daily freight and passenger services throughout Europe.
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Hélène V. Gagnon
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