GERMANY: Special-purpose joint venture Paribus-DIF-Netz-West-Lokomotiven has become the first private-sector customer for Bombardier's Traxx Diesel Multi-Engine locomotive, with an order for 15 of the four-engine locos announced on March 19.
Bombardier said the value of the Traxx ME order 'based on the list price' is €60m. Delivery is scheduled for 2015, and there is an option for up to five more locos. In parallel, Paribus-DIF-Netz-West-Waggon has awarded Bombardier a €5m contract to adapt control electronics in push-pull driving cars.
Schleswig-Holstein transport authority LVS has selected Paribus-DIF to lease locomotives to the future operator of Hamburg - Westerland (Sylt) passenger services. Paribus-DIF is a joint venture of German investment management company Paribus Capital and the Dutch Infrastructure Fund, a European-focused institutional investor in infrastructure assets. Paribus subsidiary Northrail will provide asset management services to the joint venture.
The locomotives are to be produced at Bombardier's Kassel plant, with bodyshells from Wrocław, bogies from Siegen and traction and control equipment from Mannheim and Hennigsdorf.
- Bombardier's Traxx Multi-Engine locomotive platform was described in detail in the June 2013 issue of Railway Gazette International, which subscribers can access in the digital archive.