Railpool purchases 20 multisystem locomotives from Siemens Mobility
Siemens Mobility is set to deliver 20 Vectron MS multisystem locomotives to one of Europe’s leading rail vehicle rental companies, Railpool, beginning in March 2022.
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The locomotives are intended for service in 11 countries along the Eastern Corridor, which includes: Germany, Austria, Poland, Croatia, Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. As it stands, Railpool’s current fleet is more than 400 locomotives however, once deliveries of this first order for multisystem locomotives from Siemens Mobility are completed, Railpool will have a total of 53 Siemens locomotives.
“We are proud that Railpool is for the first time adding Vectron multisystem locomotives from Siemens Mobility to its fleet,” said Albrecht Neumann, CEO of Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility. “Our Vectron locomotive not only stands for reliability but also high performance features that ideally meet the needs of cross-border rail transport in Europe. The name Siemens Mobility stands for customer proximity and on-time deliveries.”
Torsten Lehnert, CEO of Railpool, commented: “Our first Vectron multisystem locomotives will enable our customers to transport rail freight and passengers across 11 countries along the Eastern Corridor. Combined with our customary level of Railpool service quality, we will be creating an attractive offer for rail transport companies that meets their rail freight and passenger transport needs, along one of Europe’s most important rail corridors. We at Railpool can not only flexibly and optimally serve the key transport routes in Europe, thanks to our strong fleet of more than 400 locomotives, but also maximise the availability of these locomotives by providing our full range of proven services.”
“With our purchase of the 20 Vectron MS locomotives, we want to position Railpool even better to handle anticipated market developments, especially in Eastern Europe,” added Ingo Wurzer, CFO of Railpool.
“Railpool believes it is especially important to provide its customers with the best possible service and flexible solutions. To ensure we can continue to do so as we grow, we’ve already made important investments this year with the support of our shareholders, and look forward now to the new locomotives that clearly meet our fleet demands: 100 per cent modern – yet proven – electric locomotives that provide our customers with highly reliable and high-performance service.”
The Vectron MS locomotives, purchased by Railpool, have a maximum output of 6.4 megawatts and a top speed of 200km/h. They are also further equipped with the required national train control systems, as well as the European Train Control System (ETCS).
As of 2021, Siemens Mobility has sold over 1,100 Vectrons to a total of 56 customers. These locomotives have accumulated more than 450 million km of fleet in service and are certified for operating in countries such as: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.