On April 25 2017, the Supervisory Board of Czech rail freight operator, ČD Cargo, approved the purchase of three additional Vectron locomotives from Siemens.
The order is a contract option from an initial agreement for five state-of-the-art Siemens locomotives which was signed back in April 2016.
The price of one locomotive is again around 100 million CZK (€3.7 million), which includes the advanced European Train Control System (ETCS).
The three locomotives are due to be delivered by late 2017/early 2018.
ČD Cargo Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ivan Bednárik, said:
“The Locomotives will be used mainly for intermodal trains, not only with containers, but also with road semi-trailers. In June, we plan to deploy the Vectron’s on an already running train with semi-trailers between Brno and Rostock”
“We have not encountered major technical problems or defects in ČD Cargo’s existing Vectron operation. This is confirmed by the mileage figures of locomotives, the Vectron’s are covering 700 kilometers a day.”
Roman Kokšal, Director of Mobility, Siemens Czech Republic, said:
“The decision of ČD Cargo to use the option for the 3 Siemens Vectron locomotives is perceived as an expression of customer satisfaction with the already delivered locomotives from last year. We are very pleased that one of the most important players in the Central European rail freight market has expanded its Vectron fleet, which will soon include eight vehicles. We believe that our business cooperation will not end and Vectron locomotives will appear on Czech railways more and more often”
Original article © ČD Cargo.
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