Bombardier Receives Launch Order For New Multi-System Locomotives From The Swiss Federal Railways
Bombardier Transportation will manufacture 18 new multi-system locomotives, derived from its class 185 model, for SBB Cargo in Switzerland. The order, which was confirmed by the Supervisory Board of SBB Cargo, is valued at approximately $103 million Cdn (99 million Swiss Francs). The official contract is scheduled to be signed within the next few weeks. The locomotives, which are adapted to both AC and DC networks, will be used for freight transport between Switzerland and Italy. Deliveries are scheduled to take place from October 2004 to March 2005.
For Wolfgang Tölsner, President, Locomotives & Freight, Bombardier Transportation, the multi-system locomotive is a milestone in the development of locomotives: “With the multi-system version of our successful class 185 locomotive our customers can now cross the borders of electric systems. This will considerably increase the competitiveness of pan-European freight transport on rails.”
Thanks to its modular design, the class 185 locomotive can be equipped with the most advanced and powerful electronics used both on the 15 kV AC network in Switzerland and the 3 kV DC network in Italy. Furthermore, the train control systems of both countries will be installed in the vehicles. The multi-system locomotive meets all requirements for cross-border freight traffic, and is especially well suited to the Bellinzona – Luino – Gallarate line.
The new multi-system locomotives can easily be integrated in the fleet of 50 freight locomotives of the class Re482, as it is called in Switzerland, previously ordered by SBB from Bombardier. To date, 150 locomotives of class 185 have proven their reliability on more than 20 million kilometers across Germany and Switzerland. Their availability rate is very good, and their operation and maintenance costs are low.
The new locomotive, which can reach a maximum speed of 140 km/h and a power of 5.6 MW at an alternating current of 15 kV, will be developed by Bombardier mainly in Oerlikon and Turgi, Switzerland. It will be manufactured in Kassel, Germany, before being commissioned by Bombardier in Switzerland.
Bombardier Transportation is the global leader in the rail equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. Its wide range of products includes passenger rail cars and total transit systems. It also manufactures locomotives, freight cars, propulsion & controls and provides rail control solutions.
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