On March 9, 2023, the first two Vectron locomotives from the French leasing company Akiem were delivered from Munich to Hungary’s Komarom. This is the fulfillment of the first order for 20 Vectron MS from 2021. Subsequently, a second batch was ordered in December, namely 65 units in AC and MS versions for speeds of 200 and 230 km/h. This is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to Kurier Kolejowy.


The shipment of Vectron locomotives to Hungary is connected with their future tenant. These locomotives are intended for CER Cargo Holding. In total, the CER Group will lease six Vectron locomotives from Akiem, which will replace the Bombardier Traxx MS2e locomotives.

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The Vectron was followed by three more GEC-Alsthom Astride 36000 class locomotives. These are three-system locomotives built between 1996 and 2001 for the French SNCF, with a maximum speed of 200 km/h, which were intended for use in France, Belgium and Italy. Akiem, until recently a subsidiary of SNCF, acquired a significant portion. It has purchased exactly half of 60 units produced for its fleet since 2017. The company is currently trying to bring some of them to the market in Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia.

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