Eberspaecher will become the preferred exhaust technology partner for Bombardier’s new Traxx multi-engine platform. The cooperation agreement between Bombardier Transportation and the Esslingen based company covers the development and production of exhaust systems for up to 200 Traxx multi-engine locomotives.
The complete press statement includes a new rendering of the multi engine Traxx. In 2012 Bombardier will start first trials with this new multi-engine concept. Delivery of the first unit is expected for 2013.
African Minerals has ordered four GT26 locomotives from NREC, which are to be produced by TZV Gredelj. The locos will be shipped from the port of Rijeka to Sierra Leone. The deal concerns four 2.25MW strong diesels, which will mainly be used for the transport of iron ore.
Metrans wants to deploy its EuroRunners between Praha-Uhřiněves and Dunajská Streda, beginning in June 2011. Secondly, it is possible that the 761s will also run to the terminals at Lípa nad Dřevnicí (nearby Zlín, CZ) and Budapest. Operations in Slovenia (Koper) and Austria are under consideration. On 04.05.2011, 761 002 made a test run to Lipa.
BTW: The third locomotive, 761 003, still awaits approval for the Czech Republic. Then it will go to Hungary too. - JP/JS/Zelpage
In 2014, the Südostbayernbahn (SOB) will get eight 4-engine Traxx DE locomotives for passenger services. Edit: It is not clear if this is the second order for this type of locomotive, or a selection from the twenty units ordered by DB Regio on 18.04.2011.
At the Transport&Logistics fair, Bombardier spread leaflets with the main technical parameters of the future 4-engine locomotives. It will get four Caterpillar C18 engines with a 2256 kW in total. On the question, if the new units will get the new front-design as presented with the AC3-version, Bombardier answered that the DB favors the current Traxx design, which is more similar to what they already have (Baureihe 185).
Europorte, which is the rail freight subsidiary of Groupe Eurotunnel, will receive delivery in May of the first two EURO 4000, designed and assembled in the Vossloh España plant in Albuixech (Valencia). The ten remaining locomotives will be delivered during the second half of 2012. Thanks to this investment Europorte will be able to rationalise its fleet, improve its productivity and reliability, and reduce its maintenance costs.
update: Railcolor comment: Two of six EURO 4000 locomotives for normal gauge, originally built for Alpha Trains, are still not delivered. We know these as 4005 and 4006 (see images). The 4005 is known for its stay at the HGK during the past months. The 4006 was photographed yesterday near the French/Spanish border.
The other ten have to be planned from scratch, so that takes until 2012.
It was already hanging in the air this weekend, but now its official: A framework order for up to 200 4-engine Traxx DE locomotives with the Deutsche Bahn
Bombardier Transportation is taking the Traxx DE to a next level. With the German railways (Deutsche Bahn) a nine-year framework agreement is closed for the delivery of up to 200 locomotives.
Big news is the propulsion-concept of the new generation of diesel locomotives for the DB: it's four smaller 'rugged, heavy-duty industrial diesel engines' with 540 kW each. They offer a more efficient, fuel-saving, environmental friendly alternative to the singe-engine solution. The sub-contractor for the engines is not mentioned, but think of an engine-type that is also used for freight trucks. They are mass-produced...
The picture included in the press-statement shows us a familiar looking locomotive, as the body design is still identical to that of the current Traxx DE products. But looking at the roof construction and the under-frame installations, it is different. The two separate hatches on its side are the best clue for its inside innovations.
For sure, this design can and mos likely will change for future orders. It's a framework agreement for nine (!) years, so there is still a lot possible, passenger service, freight service, and a lot will change in the near future, who knows what kind of locomotive is needed in 2020?
Bombardier now can work towards the first fixed order; 20 units with a top speed of 160 kph for the passenger services of DB Regio. An order worth €62m euro, and delivery will start mid-2013. As always, assembly will take place in Kassel, the bodies come from Wroclaw in Poland and the bogies are to be built in Siegen, Germany.
The DB choosing Bombardier for this order is not illogical, they already have an extensive fleet of Traxx locomotives: 145 series (80), 185.1/2 series (399), 186 series (65), 146.0/1/2 (110 in total), and the 27 recently ordered Traxx ACs for DB's InterCity services.
A lot of trials today. First the next DB Schenker 186: no. 329 on its maiden run to Fulda - Then Bombardier testing its pantographs under 1500 kV catenary with Traxx MS units 186 184 and 186 - The new RTS 2016 908 - Then we see Siemens 183 701 before or after the press presentation of the Train of Ideas in Hamburg-Altona. - Metrans 761 002 on trial in the Czech Republic.
145 030: side 1 - Dietel Fenster, side 2 - „Rasender Roland“ (Rügensche Bäderbahn)
253 014: "Pressnitztalbahn" on one side
253 015: „Rasender Roland“ (Rügensche Bäderbahn) on one side - SC
The designated 2016 908 arrived at the Swietelsky workshop-facilities near Fischamend yesterday. Coming from Munich, it hauled a short train, together with 2143.077, of conveyor belt- and ballast-carriages. Possibly it will get its RTS livery in the Autumn of 2011, but that information is not yet confirmed. - MO/GR/HP
update: At Fischamend, the locomotive is decorated with some provisorial RTS and Swietelsky-logos: picture. This website also states that the 908 will replace a RTS-EuroRunner that is currently being used by the GKB.
On 21 March 2011, TŽV Gredelj delivered four locomotives of the GT26CW type that will enter service in Saudi Arabia. The mentioned locomotives are part of business deal that Gredelj concluded three years ago with the National Railway Equipment Company (NREC) in connection with the overhaul and modernization of diesel-electric locomotives of the GT26 and G26 series. Total value of the four locomotives is 7 million dollars. Practically new locomotives have been constructed using repaired bogies, which have a running cycle similar to a newly built locomotive.
Same for the number of diesel-electric EuroRunners, with the new 2016 908 their numbers will be raised from three to four. - Siemens
Vossloh and the Israelian Railways (ISR) continue their close relation. 29 new Euro series locomotives have been ordered by ISR. The deal includes fourteen Euro 4000 units, and fifteen Euro3000 machines. First 4000s will be shipped in November 2011. Delivery of the 3000s Delivery will start in September 2012. For the 3000s there is option for more.
edit: Direct link to Vossloh press statement added, details added
metrans.eu exploits container terminals and offers all-in intermodal services in Europe. During the Innotrans 2010 fair they made public that they had ordered three EuroRunners from Siemens.
[update]And a second image.
First EuroRunner for CTV will be handed over to the operator in April 2011. - Siemens