The Vectron locomotive Emma, which arrived in March 2021, has now been joined by a new vehicle ordered by the private railway company FOXrail Plc. The locomotive will be used for cross-border traffic in Hungary and neighbouring countries.
The locomotive will be equipped with ETCS Baseline 3, PZB90 and MIREL rail signalling systems, has a maximum power of 6,400 kW at 15 and 25 kV and a top speed of 160 km/h. The locomotive is contracted to be delivered by Siemens Mobility in September 2022 at the latest. FOXrail Plc. is the first Hungarian private railway company to order a Vectron locomotive.
FOXrail Railways was founded in 2013 as a 100% Hungarian-owned independent company in the freight market. Taking advantage of rail liberalization and free movement within the European Union, they operate cross-border corridor services exclusively in the intermodal sector.
"Today, rail is the best solution for transporting large volumes of goods over long distances quickly, safely and, above all, in an environmentally friendly way. To do this, it is important that our trains are hauled by an excellent and reliable locomotive from departure to destination," the CEO of FOXrail Plc., András Bogdán, said.
Dr. László Ludvig, CEO of Siemens Mobility Ltd. stressed that "we are delighted that FOXrail has chosen us again. With this order, our partner invests in one of the most modern and environmentally friendly universal locomotives available on the European market today. Thanks to their modular design, the locomotives offer operators maximum flexibility for sustainable cross-border transport."
The state-of-the-art Vectron locomotives are suitable for operation on the rail networks of 20 countries in Europe. Thanks to this capability, 1,122 locomotives have already been sold to 57 customers, and the 1,000th Vectron has just rolled out of Siemens Mobility's Munich-Allach factory. The total mileage of the Vectron fleet so far is more than 500 million kilometers. The design of the vehicle allows it to run in ETCS (European Train Control System) mode, in addition to the national Class B systems of each country, until it is rolled out across the entire European rail network.
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