Siemens has secured an order to deliver 200 Vectron locomotives to Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB), Austria's state railway operator.

The order comprises 100 alternating current (AC) locomotives, with 50 AC types with diesel power modules, and 50 multi-system (MS) models.

The locomotive will be deployed for cross-border freight transport in Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. They will be developed at Siemens’ Munich-Allach plant in Germany.

Equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS), vehicles will have a maximum output of 6,400kW and operate at a top speed of 160km/h.

This week, Siemens has also signed an agreement to supply two new electric multiple unit (EMU) fleets to DB Regio AG, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn. Fleets will be deployed for regional services on Rhine Valley line between Karlsruhe and Basle in Switzerland.

"Vehicles will have a maximum output of 6,400kW and operate at a top speed of 160km/h."

The contract is divided into two operational areas. The Karlsruhe-Offenburg-Basel route will use Siemens’s new Desiro HC partly double-deck EMUs, while new Mireo single-deck EMUs will be used for the Offenburg-Freiburg-Basel/Neuchatel route.

A 52km line of Nanjing-GaoChun LuGao rail section in China will soon be equipped with Trainguard MT automatic train protection system, as part of a contract signed between Nanjing Metro and Siemens.

The German company will use long-term evolution (LTE) radio technology, which is the next stage of mobile communication and offers better performance than Wi-Fi, for the first time to transfer mass data in real-time.

The technology enables communication transfer between train and line for communication-based train control (CBTC), CCTV and passenger information LTE.