ALSTOM and rolling stock leasing company Northrail have signed a framework contract for 50 multi-system Traxx Universal locomotives with a full-service maintenance package for up to 16 years. The transaction was arranged and structured by Northrail for Paris-based infrastructure investment company Rive Private Investment.

Northrail will, on behalf of Rive, act as asset manager and lessor of the locomotives.

The base order includes 15 multi-system locomotives and eight years of full-service maintenance. The full contract is worth up to €370m. Production will take place at the Alstom site in Kassel, Germany, and is scheduled to start in 2025.

Alstom says that the multi-system Traxx locomotives will be the first of their kind to be approved to operate in France, and expects the approvals process to be completed by the end of the first half of 2025.

The Traxx Universal will also be able to operate in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria and Poland. They will have a maximum speed of 160km/h and will be able to haul both freight and passenger trains.

All locomotives will be equipped with Atlas onboard ETCS equipment manufactured by Alstom.

“With this innovative new multi-system locomotive, which in particular includes homologation for France, we are very pleased to be once again a trailblazer in the locomotive leasing industry,” says Northrail executive board member, Mr Michael Trentzsch. “We very much look forward to receiving the first locomotive in 2025 and further fostering our relationship with Alstom.”

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