Siemens Mobility has secured its first Smartron locomotive contract orders in Bulgaria and Romania.

The German rolling stock manufacturer will deliver four Smartron locomotives to E-P Rail for Romanian operations. Another three vehicles will be supplied to PIMK in Bulgaria.

The Smartron locomotive, available in a standard pre-configured version, is designed based on the company’s Vectron locomotive.

The new model has been available in Germany since March last year.

Siemens Mobility CEO Sabrina Soussan said: “We’ve sold more than 25 Smartron locomotives since launching the product in the spring of 2018.

“The Smartron is a powerful and highly reliable locomotive designed for a specific transport function, making possible a simplified and cost-effective purchase process.

“Now operators in Bulgaria and Romania can also profit from this concept.”

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The Smartron has a 1,435mm gauge and weighs around 83t. The standard version operates on a 15kV AC voltage system and is capable of operating at a maximum speed of 160km/h.

The locomotives that will be delivered to Bulgaria and Romania to operate on the 25 kV AC power system. They will also be equipped with the PZB train control system.

In June last year, Siemens received the first order of Smartron locomotives when German open-access operator Eisenbahngesellschaft Potsdam (EGP) ordered three units.

Earlier this year, German investment firm Paribus Holding signed a framework agreement for 25 Smartron locomotives. The initial order comprises four locomotives, three of which will be leased to TX Logistik.

Paribus subsidiary Northrail will be responsible for asset management of the 25 locomotives.