DB Cargo to Replace its Diesel Locomotive Fleet

DB Cargo is investing in a new climate-friendly locomotive fleet with alternative drives.

A Siemens Mobility Vectron locomotive for Deutsche Bahn
A Siemens Mobility Vectron locomotive for Deutsche Bahn

The transport company is planning to replace its old diesel locomotives with 300 new shunting and dual-powered locomotives in order to improve efficiency and sustainability.

This will be made up of up to 200 Vectron Dual Mode locomotives from Siemens Mobility and 100 Toshiba HDB 800 hybrid shunting locomotives.

DB Cargo hopes to put the first locomotives into service in 2023 and has a long-term goal to replace all 900 of its older diesel locomotives.

Ninety-five percent of DB Cargo’s traction power already comes from electric locomotives. This modernisation programme will enable shunting services in the freight yards and  the last mile to customers come from vehicles with dual-power or hybrid technology.

It’s expected that this move will save the company approximately 14 million litres of diesel annually.

Michael Theurer, Parliamentary State Secretary and Federal Government Commissioner for Rail Transport, said:

“The new locomotives not only ensure that freight railways are even more climate friendly, but also that operations are much more efficient and therefore more attractive.

“Thanks to further technical developments, even the heaviest loads can now be moved over the last mile or in shunting operations without having to replace personnel and technology.

“With modern technology and green electricity, we create clean supply chains.”

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