TRAXX AC Electric Locomotive
The highly reliable TRAXX AC locomotive is the foundation of the entire platform of BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives. The members of this platform feature numerous identical elements, including the vehicle dimensions, machine room concept, brake equipment, bogies, signalling system and driver’s cab.
TRAXX AC locomotives are modular electric locomotives incorporating three-phase asynchronous propulsion technology on standard gauge 15kV and 25 kV networks. TRAXX AC locomotives are designed to be compatible with Europe's future ETCS/ERTMS train control and safety systems. They have been homologated in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark Hungary, Romania and Norway.
The TRAXX AC is manufactured in large numbers for Deutsche Bahn, SBB Cargo, BLS, CFL, MAV, many European private railway companies and leasing companies as Railpool, Alpha Trains, CB Rail and MRCE.
In 2011, Bombardier Transportation launched the new TRAXX AC with Last Mile Diesel Engine which includes the feature of operation into non-electrified railway sidings and terminals. The new Class 187 has like all members of the TRAXX platform a modular design to accommodate the various country packages, including conventional automatic train protection systems, as well as ETCS. Five locomotives have been sold to the leasing company Railpool and will be operated by BLS Cargo.