Bombardier Transportation and ROSCO Akiem have launched its new and innovative four-axle TRAXX DC locomotive for the Polish market.
The two parties unveiled the BOMBARDIER TRAXX DC3 locomotive at Bombardier’s facility in Wroclaw. This locomotive will now be the most modern and efficient direct current locomotive in Poland.
Akiem is Bombardier’s official launch partner and buyer. The ROSCO ordered 20 of these TRAXX DC3 locomotives in November last year. That contract comprised 33 locomotives in total. Bombardier will deliver this order, which also included AC and MS locomotives, between 2019 and 2021. All of Bombardier’s TRAXX 3 locomotives offer an optional Last Mile function.
Peter Ammann, Head of Global Ecosystem Freight Corridors, Bombardier Transportation, said:
“This project shows once again that we are supporting the Polish economy by producing car bodies for the domestic market and exporting them almost worldwide – including more than 2,400 locomotive car bodies so far. Every single car body for our European and North American locomotives comes from our site here in Wroclaw. This recent contract with our long-term partner Akiem has also extended the scope of our innovative TRAXX DC3 locomotive, the most advance in Europe, to Poland, where the previous generation of TRAXX locomotives has been operating reliably.”
“We’re proud to have been serving a large number of Polish customers operating domestic and international traffic for more than five years. We have decided to commit further to the growth and performance of rail transport in Poland as well as in Central Europe by investing in some 30 new locomotives dedicated to Polish domestic and cross-border operations. Our fleet will count no fewer than 180 TRAXX locomotives by 2020, among which will be 55 locomotives operable in Poland. We are officially opening an office in Warsaw to support the development of both Akiem and mgw Service in this region and we’re delighted to embed new local skills and expertise to better serve our customers.”
Not only does Bombardier manufacture all its locomotive car bodies for Europe and North America in Wroclaw. Bombardier also has other sites in Poland. For example, an engineering and manufacturing site in Katowice, an engineering site in Warsaw, and a services site in Lodz. In total, Bombardier employs 2,800 people its manufacturing sites.
Akiem, meanwhile, has opened an office in the Polish capital. The two parties will offer spare parts management and maintenance for the TRAXX locomotive operators. They will also run a support hotline. It will be Polish teams who will manage all of these aspects.
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