Bombardier Transportation, along with Akiem, has unveiled the TRAXX DC3 locomotive in Poland.

The new model will be the most efficient direct current locomotive to operate in Poland.

In November, Akiem placed a €112m order for 33 TRAXX locomotives with Bombardier. The contract included the delivery of 20 such TRAXX DC3 locomotives.

All 33 units are due for delivery between 2019 and 2021.

Bombardier Transportation Global Ecosystem Freight Corridors head Peter Ammann said: “This recent contract with our long-term partner Akiem has also extended the scope of our innovative TRAXX DC3 locomotive, the most advanced in Europe, to Poland, where the previous generation of TRAXX locomotives has been operating reliably.”

“Our fleet will count no fewer than 180 TRAXX locomotives by 2020, among which will be 55 locomotives operable in Poland.”

Bombardier’s electric four-axle locomotive portfolio includes three models, comprising TRAXX AC3, TRAXX MS3 and TRAXX DC3.

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Based on the TRAXX platform, the models are equipped with a diesel engine to operate in the non-electrified sections.

Bombardier and Axiem have also agreed to provide support services to all TRAXX locomotives operators. The joint effort includes spare parts management, maintenance and a support hotline service, all managed by local Polish teams.

Akiem CEO Fabien Rochefort said: “We have decided to commit further to the growth and performance of rail transport in Poland, as well as in Central Europe, by investing in some 30 new locomotives dedicated to Polish domestic and cross-border operations.

“Our fleet will count no fewer than 180 TRAXX locomotives by 2020, among which will be 55 locomotives operable in Poland.

“We are officially opening an office in Warsaw to support the development of both Akiem and MGW Service in this region, and we’re delighted to embed new local skills and expertise to better serve our customers.”

Akiem Group is a rolling stock leasing company based in Europe and owns a 440-strong locomotive fleet. Its subsidiary MGW Service offers rail equipment maintenance.