Siemens Mobilty Vectron locomotive under construction in factory (Photo: Siemens Mobility)

GERMANY: DB Cargo has awarded Siemens Mobility a firm order to supply a further 46 Vectron Dual Mode electro-diesel locomotives, and the DB Bahnbaugruppe infrastructure services business has ordered four.

Siemens Mobilty Vectron locomotive under construction (Photo: Siemens Mobility)

The orders announced on January 18 have been placed under a September 2020 framework contract covering up to 400 Vectron Dual Mode locos with a potential value of ‘well over’ €1bn. That included an initial firm order of 100 locos for DB Cargo designated Class 248.

Deliveries of the latest locos from Siemens Mobility’s München-Allach plant are due to begin in 2026. The locos will be equipped to operate on DB’s 15 kV 16·7 Hz electrification and fitted with the PZB train protection system. They will operate in purely electric mode on electrified routes, and switch to diesel for non-electrified sections, eliminating the need to change locomotives.

‘Our Vectron Dual Mode locomotive is supporting DB in the climate-friendly conversion of its fleet’, said Albrecht Neumann, CEO Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility. ‘This will reduce CO2 emissions, lower maintenance costs, and help DB implement more sustainable supply chains.’

Siemens Mobility has now sold 195 Vectron Dual Mode locomotives to 18 customers.