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Alstom and Akiem Join Forces: 100 Traxx MS3 Locomotives to Boost European Rail Market

Alstom and Akiem Join Forces: 100 Traxx MS3 Locomotives to Boost European Rail Market
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18 / 07 / 2023

Alstom and Akiem European rolling stock leasing company have signed a framework contract for 100 Traxx Universal multi-system (MS3) locomotives. The firm part of the order includes 65 locomotives. The total amount of the framework agreement is up to 500 million euros. Akiem confirms its leadership on the leasing European market and its ambition to contribute to the rail market’s accelerating activities, with major investment in corridors from France to 12 other European countries.

The Traxx Multi-system locomotives benefit from optimized energy consumption and can run both Freight and Passenger operations at a speed of up to 160 kilometers per hour. They will cover operations in 12 European countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. As a unique feature for multi-system locomotives, a part of them will be delivered with the last mile feature enabling to access ports, terminals, or industrial sites without the need for a shunting locomotive.

All locomotives will be equipped with the leading signaling system ATLAS, Alstom’s onboard solution for the European Train Control System (ETCS). This system comes with the broadest coverage of countries and lines, both in ETCS as well as for legacy system operation, and superior two-out-of-three architecture.

Kevin Cogo, Vice-President, Rolling Stock, Locomotives & Components, Alstom DACH, said: “We are very proud that Akiem extends their locomotive fleet with their biggest single order of Traxx locomotives for an important number of countries. Thanks to this agreement, both Akiem and Alstom will reinforce their strong position for locomotives in various corridors including their home market.”

Fabien Rochefort, CEO of Akiem added “Akiem is thrilled to place this new order with Alstom. We are constantly investing in our locomotive portfolio to serve our customers and develop new market positions. This stock investment will allow the offering of new efficient and sustainable routes which will contribute to increasing the modal shift towards rail in Europe. 55 locomotives as part of this order will operate from France towards Europe in a context when no deliveries were experienced for the past decade. We are intending to contribute to the rejuvenation of rail Freight and intercity passenger transport in France and ease innovation and competition with the support of our maintenance and service teams.“

The final assembly is planned to take place at the Alstom site in Kassel, Germany. Deliveries of the units are scheduled to take place between 2025 and 2028.

Source: Alstom