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October 13, 2015

Siemens wins two supply contracts in Europe and US

Siemens has secured contracts to supply 21 Vectron locomotives in Europe, and 34 light rail vehicles (LRV) in the US.

Siemens Vectron

Siemens has secured contracts to supply 21 Vectron locomotives in Europe, and 34 light rail vehicles (LRV) in the US.

Ordered by locomotive leasing company Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (MRCE), ten AC-version Vectron locomotives will be deployed in Germany and Austria, and 11 multi-system locomotives in Germany, Austria and Italy.

As the engines will be deployed in cross-border services between the three countries, they will be equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS).

With the latest order, MRCE operate 56 Vectron locomotives.

Siemens also won a $130m contract to deliver additional LRVs to Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) and Metro Transit, in the US.

RTD has awarded a $110m contract to deliver 29 SD-160 type LRVs for expanding the city’s light rail transit (LRT) network.

The new vehicles are expected to be delivered by early 2018, bringing RTD’s fleet of SD-160s to more than 200 vehicles.

"With almost 1,300 light rail vehicles in operation throughout North America, Siemens has established a reputation for reliability."

The twin cities regional authority Metropolitan Council has exercised an option for five additional Siemens S70 LRVs for $20m.

The delivery of these S70 LRVs will add to the existing fleet of 59 currently operating on the Metro Green and Blue lines of St Paul, Minneapolis and Bloomington cities.

Siemens Mobility division CEO Jochen Eickholt said: "Our partnerships with Denver and the Twin Cities are great examples to show how riders and the local economy in regions can benefit from a light rail system.

"With almost 1,300 light rail vehicles in operation throughout North America, Siemens has established a reputation for reliability."

Denver opened its light rail system with Siemens vehicles in 1994, and the new order further extends the 22-year relationship between Siemens and RTD.

Operated by Metro Transit, the Metro Green Line was opened last summer, connecting the twin cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. It has 23 stations.

Siemens will manufacture the locomotives in the Munich-Allach production plant, and the LRVs at the rail manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California.


Image: MRCE has ordered 21 additional Vectron locomotives from Siemens. Photo: courtesy of Siemens

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