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EXCITING: Siemens Vectron Locomotives Receive Approval for the Scandinavian Corridor

EXCITING: Siemens Vectron Locomotives Receive Approval for the Scandinavian Corridor
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20 / 04 / 2023

A Vectron locomotive from Siemens Mobility has received official permission to operate on the Scandinavian corridor (AT-DE-DK-SE-NO), allowing freight and passenger trains to run along the entire corridor without the need to change locomotives. The Swedish railway operator Snälltåget was the first to take advantage of this option, leasing three Vectron locomotives from European Locomotive Leasing (ELL) for cross-border passenger services in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Austria.

The Vectron locomotive, manufactured at Siemens Mobility's Munich-Allach plant, is the first locomotive equipped with European Train Control System (ETCS) to be allowed to run on the 16km long Öresund (bridge and tunnel) line connecting Sweden and Denmark. The locomotive uses the globally proven Trainguard 100/200/300 ETCS onboard unit from Siemens.

"Our highly flexible Vectron locomotives enable sustainable cross-border rail transport, and we are delighted that the Vectron locomotive has opened up the Scandinavian corridor for the first time," said Albrecht Neumann, Managing Director Rolling Stock Global at Siemens Mobility.

To date, Siemens Mobility has sold more than 1,700 Vectron locomotives to 63 customers in 16 countries, and the fleet has covered more than 700 million kilometres in service. The locomotives are currently approved for operation in 20 European countries.

Siemens expands its Munich plant

To meet the growing demand for locomotives and services, the company is also expanding its production and service facility in Munich-Allach. The site area will be increased from the current 50,000 m2 to 80,000 m2 to provide capacity for processing new orders, optimise production and logistics flow within the plant and expand office space.

Albrecht Neumann commented, "Our plant in Allach is one of most modern locomotive production plants in Europe, using innovative technologies such as laser welding robots, augmented reality and 3D simulation via digital twin. The added capacity will allow us to increase production volumes and meet the growing demand in the European market. We will now be able to produce over 300 locomotives per year in Allach and can create new, highly skilled jobs at the plant."

Source: Siemens Mobility