Bombardier has unveiled its new TRAXX DC3 locomotive for freight transportation at its Vado Ligure facility in Italy.
The locomotive has been developed to lower operational costs, as well as provide greater efficiency compared to standard locomotives. It was designed around the freight industry’s latest digital maintenance platforms and features a Last Mile function, which will enable it to bridge non-electrified track sections.
Bombardier Transportation Italy managing director and CEO Luigi Corradi said: “The new TRAXX DC3 represents a generational leap in the market, a state-of-the-art locomotive, able to maximise energy efficiency, ensuring greater load, traction capacity and lower energy consumption.
“One of the locomotive’s most interesting features is its Last Mile function that offers new logistical concepts by enabling the locomotive to easily bridge non-electrified track sections often found in ports or freight terminals. This optional feature can even be installed as a post-delivery upgrade.”
The TRAXX DC3 locomotives can be monitored in real time through intelligent platforms that use the vehicle’s Conditional Based Maintenance, Big Data and IoT technology correlate data.
This type of monitoring will help the operator predict maintenance requirements, ensuring optimum performance and vehicle availability.
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Bombardier Transportation Global Ecosystem, Freight head Peter Amman said: “We are happy to present this innovative locomotive to the Italian and global freight market.
“Its flexibility and our strong maintenance offering will not only reduce total cost of ownership but also enable Italian freight operators to expand their business.”
Italian rail operators Mercitalia Rail, Captrain Italy and GTS will be the first to acquire the new TRAXX DC3 locomotives.
With 190 units already delivered, 50 locomotives are currently being manufactured at the Vado Ligure production site.