Poland’s largest freight operator, PKP Cargo, has exercised an option to purchase an additional five multisystem Vectron locomotives from Siemens Mobility – an order which, with maintenance, is worth around €26 million.
PKP Cargo, the second largest freight operator in Europe, originally ordered 15 Vectron MS locomotives in September 2015, with an option to purchase five more. That option has been exercised and the additional locomotives will be used for international routes in the north-south corridor, with the first locomotives being delivered go in the middle of the year.
Siemens’ Vectron MS locomotives have a maximum output of 6.4MW, a top speed of 160km/h and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS) as well as specified national train control systems. The MS model is approved to run in Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary, but other models from the Vectron family are able to run in 18 European countries.