Bombardier Transportation and German state operator Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) signed a frame contract in June 2013 for the delivery of up to 450 electric locomotives, based on the latest evolution of the TRAXX platform. Orders have already been placed for 110 locomotives by DB Schenker Rail, 20 locomotives for DB Regio (regional) and 17 locomotives for DB Fernverkehr (long distance). DB's locomotive fleet already includes more than 700 TRAXX locomotives that have successfully been providing freight and passenger services for more than 10 years.
The frame contract is for the supply of the latest development of TRAXX which includes the following features:
- Compliance with the latest European technical standards;
- Designed for speeds of up to 160km/h;
- Modular design that can be flexibly adapted to individual country requirements including conventional automatic train protection systems.