Siemens lands rail orders

Siemens Transportation Systems and its partner CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotives Works have landed an order to deliver 180 double locomotives to the Chinese Ministry of Railways.

Together with its partner CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotives Works, Siemens Transportation Systems (TS) has landed an order worth approximately 350 million Euros to deliver 180 double locomotives to the Chinese Ministry of Railways.

The locomotives will be produced by CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotives Works, whilst development and design engineering will be carried out at TS locations in Erlangen and Munich, Germany.

Delivery of the 9600-kilowatt, 184-ton locomotives is scheduled to begin in the middle of 2006 and will be completed by the end of 2007.

The electric locomotives, which can achieve speeds of up to 120 kilometres an hour, will be used to transport heavy freight, including coal along the 620km stretch between Datong and Qinhuangdao where each train will require three double locomotives.

In addition, Siemens is also entering the Chinese GSM-Railway (GSM-R) market and has signed an agreement for a long-term strategic partnership with the Chinese Ministry of Railways in Beijing. In the partnership’s first project, Siemens will equip the railway between Jinan and Qingdao with a wireless communications platform.