CRRC’s ZELC division Vossloh Rolling Stock has announced an order for the supply of 50 DE18 Stage V locomotives to leasing company Nexrail, Railway Supply reports, citing the Railway Gazette.


The order includes 40 locomotives approved for use in Germany, due for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2023. “This gives us an excellent opportunity to serve the demand of our customers in Germany, especially at short notice,” said Nexrail CEO Luuk von. Meienfeldt, 31 January. “These locomotives combine a proven and reliable design with flexible, economical operation and low emissions.”

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There is also a confirmed order for 10 DE18 SmartHybrid battery locomotives under a framework agreement signed in 2021. The locomotives are due to be delivered by March 2024 with approvals for France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

“The proven technology of the DE18 Stage V SmartHybrid is a logical solution for most clients with traction needs on non-electrified lines’, said Nexrail CCO Mark Remie. ‘Following our joint traction tests in the Ardennes last year, most customers are now convinced that the DE18 can replace established market practices, such as the use of double-traction HLD77 and Class 66. Needless to say, the potential for fuel and emissions savings is very high.”

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