Bombardier adds two new locomotives to Traxx line

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Freight train climbs up the Gotthard railway. The traffic will be diverted to the Gotthard Base Tunnel in December 2016.

Bombardier has added two new electric options to its Traxx line of locomotives.

In addition to the Traxx AC3, Bombardier Transportation has added new Traxx MS3 (multi system) and DC3 (direct current) locomotives.

The announcement was made at the Transport Logistic trade fair in Munich.

The MS3 can be used under each of the four voltages commonly found in Europe – 25kVAC, 15kVAC, 1.5kVDC and 3kVDC – while the DC3 version can operate on direct current routes, such as those found in Italy and Poland.

Making the announcement, Bombardier’s president of locomotives and light rail vehicles, Michael Fohrer, said: “Our new locomotive platform offers operators suitable solutions for all electrification systems.

“The advantages are mainly in the areas of tractive power, economical and ecological operation and tailor-made service variants.

“Our new platform will enable operators to rely upon the last mile feature across all of Europe, making it possible to bridge non-electrified track sections in harbours and borders as well as compensate for power failure.”

The Traxx platform was established 15 years ago. Currently there are around 1,750 Traxx units in operation in Europe.

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