HHLA Strengthens Rail Network with Siemens Vehicles


Metrans Group, a subsidiary of terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), has ordered ten Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens Mobility Czech Republic.

The locomotives, which are scheduled to arrive between the end of 2019 and Spring 2020, will operate as part of cross-border freight service connecting nations in Central and Eastern Europe.

According to a statement, the purchase of additional locomotives is expected to make the operations of Metrans more flexible and reliable.

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Peter Kiss, CEO of Metrans Group, commented: “It is our pleasure to expand the Metrans vehicle fleet by ten multisystem Vectron locomotives from Siemens Mobility.

“This underlines our ambition to continue growing along the transport streams of the future.”

With a maximum output of 6.4 megawatts and a top speed of 160 kilometres per hour, as well the required national train control systems, these vehicles are certified to operate in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

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Future upgrades that will also allow the locomotives to operate in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia are planned.

Roman Kokšal, CEO Siemens Mobility Czech Republic, added: “We are confident that the new Vectron locomotives enable our customer Metrans to meet current and future transportation requirements and make its long-term plans successful.

“The Vectron locomotives are writing a great story since their introduction on the European market and we are proud that, together with Metrans, we can celebrate the 900th Vectron sold.”

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