VR Group awarded Siemens a €300m contract last year to supply 80 of the 1524mm-gauge electric locomotives, the largest single order to date for the Vectron. The 6.4MW units will have a maximum speed of 200km/h and will be used on passenger and freight services across Finland's 25kV ac electrified network.

The first locomotive will be delivered to Finland early next year for trials and the fleet is due to enter service from 2017 onwards. All 80 locomotives will be delivered by 2026.

Siemens dispatched a broad-gauge Vectron to Finland in April for testing ahead of the delivery of the first locomotives for VR Group, which will feature a number of modifications for operation in the Nordic climate.

Finnish Vectron VR