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Siemens to Deliver Alternating-Current Locomotives for Danish State Railways

Danish State Railways (DSB) and Siemens signed a contract for the delivery of 26 alternating-current locomotives. The ‘Vectron’ locomotives will operate in Denmark and Germany. Delivery of the units is scheduled to begin at the end of 2020.

The contract with DSB also includes maintenance of the alternating-current locomotives for ten years and options for the delivery of an additional 18 units and an extension of the maintenance contract for a further five years. The locomotives will be built at the Siemens factory in Munich-Allach.

Alternating-Current Locomotives
The Vectron AC Locomotive. Photo Credit: Siemens

Alternating-Current Locomotives for Regional Transport

The new alternating-current locomotives will primarily operate in regional transport as traction units for DSB’s 113 double-decker passenger coaches. The locomotives have a maximum output of 6,400 KW and a top speed of 200 km/h. The Vectron ACs are designed for 15 kV / 16.7 Hz and 25 kV / 50 Hz AC voltage systems and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS) as well as the PZB/LZB and DK-STM.

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Sabrina Soussan, CEO of the Mobility Division at Siemens, said:

This order marks a further chapter in the success story of our Vectron locomotive. Danish State Railways is investing in a proven product that stands for quality and exceptional reliability. The Vectron also fulfills the requirements for cross-border operations.

The Vectron Locomotive

Siemens has already sold the Vectron more than 670 times, to 37 customers in 15 countries. The Vectron fleet has accumulated more than 110 million kilometers of service so far. The locomotives are currently certified for operation in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

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Original press release credit: Siemens

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