Bombardier Transportation and DB Regio AG have signed a nine-year, US$867 million frame contract for 200 Bombardier TRAXX diesel locomotives with multi-engine propulsion.
BERLIN, Germany: Bombardier Transportation and DB Regio AG have signed a nine-year, US$867 million frame contract for 200 Bombardier TRAXX diesel locomotives with multi-engine propulsion.
DB Regio, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG which operates short and medium distance passenger train services in Germany, and operates light and heavy rail infrastructure in the UK also placed a $90 million order for the first 20 locomotives for passenger transportation, with first delivery set for 2013.
TRAXX’s diesel propulsion for locomotive-hauled passenger and freight transportation throughout Europe uses four heavy duty industrial diesel engines in place of a single large diesel motor.
Bombardier said the locomotive’s efficient diesel engines reduce fuel consumption, exhaust emissions and life-cycle costs to fulfil the EU Stage IIIB emissions standard.
They’re also configured in modular assemblies allowing modification and upgrades over the locomotive’s lifetime to meet future emission standards and requirements. This modularity lowers costs for maintenance, future upgrades and overhaul.
The multi-engine concept maintains full pulling effort even if a reduced number of diesel engines are in operation. Bombardier said by shutting down engines during idling and at low power demand, this key feature reduces fuel and lube oil consumption.
“The locomotives can be operated with one to four engines as needed, providing optimum power for each specific situation. The use of these 200 TRAXX multi-engine diesel locomotives will result in a massive reduction of CO2 over their life span,” said Åke Wennberg, president of the locomotives and equipment division of Bombardier Transportation in Berlin.