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Published: 5 August 2017      

DB Cargo goes loco

Europe's biggest rail freight company is to invest €250M in 60 new locos to bring more freight transport to rail

The first order worth €250M is for 60 locomotives for cross-border transport equipped with ETCS technologies and the first five should be in use by the end of 2017, and the rest will be delivered in H2 2018.

The locos are Vectron multi-current locomotives from Siemens. They are part of a master agreement with Siemens for up to 100 new main line locomotives for DB Cargo.

The locos will be used on the Rhine-Alpine corridor in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and the Netherlands, and beginning in 2020 in Belgium as well.

"Thanks to the new locomotives as well as other planned investments in modern freight wagons and additional operating staff, we are creating the optimal conditions to be able to shift more transport from road to rail," said Berthold Huber, Member of the DB Management Board for Passenger Transport and Interim Member for Freight Transport and Logistics.

"We are not only capitalising on the current increase in demand and the reorganisation of DB Cargo as part of the Zukunft Bahn programme, we are also translating the potential of the [federal government's] master plan for rail freight transport and much lower track access charges into better services for our customers."


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