European Locomotive Leasing (ELL), a full-service locomotive leasing solutions provider to freight and passenger operators, has signed a framework supply agreement with Siemens, in a move to cater meet demand from an expanding customer base.
Under the terms of the agreement, Siemens will supply 50 Siemens Vectron locomotive units, including AC and multi-system locomotives.
ELL CEO Christoph Katzensteiner said that the modern and versatile Vectron locomotives are particularly well-suited to the European market.
"This order exemplifies ELL’s mission of providing customers with a full-service package of best-in-class technical performance and operational support," Katzensteiner said.
The first locomotives will be delivered immediately, while the delivery of additional locomotives will take place from 2014 through to 2016.
The AC units will be operated in border-crossing traffic in Austria, Germany and Hungary, while the multi-system units can be deployed in border-crossing traffic not only in Austria, Germany and Hungary, but also in Poland, Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.
Each locomotive is equipped with European train control systems (ETCS), in addition to national train control systems.
The Vectron, which is already wired to accommodate other train control systems, has a maximum output rating of 6,400kw and is built for a top speed of 160kmph.
Image: Graphical illustration of a Siemens Vectron Locomotive. Photo: courtesy of Siemens AG.