Locomotive leasing company Railpool has ordered a mixture of multi-system and Last Mile TRAXX locomotives. The €75 million order is for 18 locomotives - five Last Mile units and 13 multi-system locos. It's the first time the Last Mile type locomotives will be used in Scandinavia. The Last Mile variant, although an electric locomotive, has a low-emission diesel engine and battery on board, allowing it to run on both electrified and non-electrified routes. The remaining multi-system locomotives will operate on routes between Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy. Bombardier plans to deliver the first Last Mile locomotive to Railpool for Q3 2016.
The facility will become TMH's only production site in Africa. It will be used to assemble, maintain and refurbish diesel and electric locomotives as well as coaches for South Africa and the rest of the continent.