EUROPE: Leasing company Railpool has awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract to supply 20 Traxx MS electric locomotives between May 2018 and December 2019.

The locomotives will be assembled at the Kassel plant, with bodyshells supplied from Wrocław and bogies from Siegen. They will be suitable for use in 12 countries, and are expected to be deployed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.

The order announced on August 21 will take Railpool’s fleet of Traxx locomotives to 189. ‘Our first Traxx locomotive was delivered in 2009’, said Chief Operating Officer Thorsten Priebe. ‘Since then we have had good experiences regarding performance, traction effort, efficiency and reliability. Based on this experience, we want to offer these additional locomotives for use on the most important European freight corridors which connect several of the biggest European ports.’

Bombardier Transportation’s Sales Director for Locomotives, Mike Niebling, said Railpool was the company’s second largest locomotive customer, and had ‘contributed significantly to the development of our Traxx locomotives in the last nine years’.