Siemens Mobility has received an order for two Vectron Dual Mode locomotives from German railroad company Railsystems RP.

Railsystems is the first client to purchase the new trains, which were unveiled last year at InnoTrans 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

Vectron Dual Mode locomotives can be powered by electricity on electrified routes and then switch to diesel mode on non-electrified sections of track. This removes the need to change vehicles for different tracks. They can generate 2,000kW of rating at the wheel rim, regardless of which operating mode they are using.

The vehicles feature Vectron components and incorporate the PZB train protection system. They can operate on a 1,435mm track gauge and use a 15kV AC electrical system.

The trains have a maximum speed of 160km/h and feature a 2,600l diesel fuel tank. They have been designed specifically for freight transport in Germany.

Siemens Mobility CEO Sabrina Soussan said: “With the Vectron Dual Mode, Railsystems RP GmbH is getting a locomotive that combines the best of two worlds: On electrified routes, the Vectron Dual Mode is powered by electricity to save fuel and reduce maintenance costs.

“On rail routes without overhead wires, the Vectron can shift to diesel operation without the operator having to change locomotives.”

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The delivery of the trains is expected to take place before the end of next year.

Last month, Siemens Mobility received a contract from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) to design and install a simulation centre for the Downtown Line’s (DTL) signalling system.