CD Cargo buys ten Siemens Vectron MS locomotives for international operation
Delivery of the new locomotives will begin in 2024; CD Cargo will use them for port expansion.
The transformation of CD Cargo’s locomotive fleet continues. The largest Czech rail freight carrier has ordered ten new Vectron MS electric multisystem locomotives from Siemens Mobility. The delivery is planned for the second half of 2024, the result of a tender launched in April this year.
CD Cargo will purchase the A54 locomotive version. These will be locomotives with a maximum speed of 160 km/h, which are to be used by the carrier for further expansion abroad. This will mainly involve transports from ports in the Netherlands and Belgium.
CD Cargo is the first Siemens customer in the Czech Republic to have a Vectron in its fleet with packages for Belgium. The locomotives for CD Cargo will be manufactured at the Siemens Mobility plant in Munich-Allach and will be handed over from the second half of 2024. The locomotives are equipped with ETCS Level 2 Baseline 3 and are approved for operation in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Austria and Slovakia.
More Traxx locomotives
CD Cargo already owns 12 Vectron MS locomotives (A01 variant) and has additional locomotives on lease. At the end of last year, the company ordered two Vectron AC locomotives with Diesel Power Module (DPM), which will be delivered in 2023. In total, it will own 24 Siemens Vectron locomotives.
Later this year, CD Cargo’s fleet of interoperable locomotives will be expanded by a further ten TRAXX MS3s from Alstom. The locomotives are the result of a separate tender held last year and are destined for CD Cargo’s Austrian subsidiary. CD Cargo is increasingly focusing on international transport and has recently obtained a license to operate in Croatia.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.