Vectron locomotives will be used in trans-Eurasian transportation

Polish leasing company Cargounit received the first three of five Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens Mobility. They will be used by Bahnoperator, a carrier of Beijing Trans Eurasia Logistics. The operator offers up to 26 trains between China and Europe per week, serving over 24 destinations in Europe and 48 in China, informs Railway Supply magazine with reference to the Railway Gazette.

Vectron locomotives
Picture: Railway Gazette

The contract for the supply of multisystem electric locomotives was signed in 2019. It provides 8 years of maintenance. The first three locomotives arrived in March. The remaining two are expected to be received by the customer by the end of the third quarter.

Funding was provided by Siemens Financial Services as well as from the EU Intermodal Transport Development Program.

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The locomotives are rated at 6.4 MW on AC lines and are equipped with ETCS Baseline 3. They are intended for operation in Poland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia and Bulgaria.

Maintenance will be carried out through the Railcover workshop network.

Siemens has previously supplied over 50 Vectron electric locomotives to Polish operators, including Cargounit, DB Cargo Polska, PKP Cargo, Lotos Kolej and Laude Smart Intermodal.

Cargounit has a fleet of nearly 180 diesel and electric locomotives, including mainline and shunting locomotives, for domestic and international use. The company plans to renew the working fleet and purchase up to 40 new locomotives by 2025.

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