The framework contract between the Austrian Railways (ÖBB) and Siemens provides for delivery of up to 200 Vectron locomotives. In a first tranche 30 multisystem (MS) locomotives for alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) were ordered, for which a budget of about EUR 120 million is earmarked.
The locomotives will be operated in more than ten countries of Eastern and Southeastern Europe, as well as in Germany, and Italy. The first 30 units are to be delivered beginning in summer of 2018.
Andreas Matthä, CEO ÖBB-Holding: “Apart from Austria, Europe is our key market. The new locomotives enable us to grow further in international cargo transport and increase our own traction in Europe: From the Czech Republic to Italy or from Germany to Slovenia”.
The agreement provides for the delivery of three different types of locomotives. In addition to multisystem locomotives for the AC and DC power grid, also AC locmotives with or without last mile drive are available, enabling the ÖBB to make demand-oriented orders.