Italy opts for Traxx locomotives

Bombardier Transportation has recently been awarded a 103 million Euro contract by Italian Railways for the supply of 48 Traxx electric locomotives.

Bombardier Transportation has recently been awarded a 103 million Euro contract by Trenitalia (Italian Railways) for the supply of 48 Bombardier P160 DCP Traxx electric locomotives.

This contract follows an initial order for 50 units awarded in 1996. Subsequent orders for 90 and 100 units were awarded to Bombardier in 1999 and 2001 respectively.

Delivery of the 48 new locomotives is scheduled to take place between September 2005 and September 2006. To date, Bombardier Transportation has already delivered more than 180 locomotives of this type to Trenitalia.

Trenitalia Divisione Trasporto Regionale (the regional transportation division of Trenitalia) will use the Traxx locomotives, which have been operating on Italian tracks since 1999, to reinforce and partially replace its current fleet of locomotives for passenger regional transportation.

The production of the locomotives, which will have a maximum power of 3.5 MW and a maximum speed of 160 km/h, will be undertaken at Bombardier’s site in Vado Ligure, Italy. Propulsion and electrical equipment will be supplied by Bombardier’s site in Trapaga, Spain.