March 05, 2018

Siemens hands over first Vectron locomotive for ÖBB

Written by  Erwin Reidinger
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Siemens hands over first Vectron locomotive for ÖBB Erwin Reidinger

SIEMENS officially handed over the first class 1293 Vectron electric locomotive for Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) at a ceremony at Praterstern station in Vienna on March 5.

ÖBB awarded Siemens a framework contract for up to 200 Vectrons in January 2017. The contract includes an initial firm order worth around €120m for 30 ETCS-equipped multi-system locomotives, which will be certified for operation in Austria, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia and Croatia.

A second order for 17 more class 1293s is due to be signed later this month.

The first locomotive will now undergo a programme of testing and driver training before entering traffic in May, when the delivery of series locomotives will also begin.

The locomotives will be based at Villach and Innsbruck depots for use on international freight services.

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