Siemens outshops first new Vectron locomotives for Hector Rail

Hector Rail is growing, and is in need of new locomotives. The operator originally from Sweden has 20 Vectron locomotives on order from Siemens. In December 2016, Siemens already delivered two locomotives of the designated 243 series, being formerly used by Siemens as test bed/certification machines. . Now we see the transport of the first two new locomotives of this order.

In July 2016, Hector Rail announced it signed a contract with Siemens for the delivery of 5 Vectron electric locomotives, including an option for 15 more to be ordered until 2020. As Hector Rail was able to fetch several new transport contracts since then, it was decided to call of all options in March 2017, resulting a fixed order of 20 electrics. The current delivery plan:

Hector Rail’s future Vectron fleet:

  • already delivered: 2x Vectron AC 6.4MW 200 km/h SE/NO = 243 001 and 002
  • 2017: 3x Vectron AC 6.4MW 200 km/h SE/NO with shunting diesel = 243 103, 104 and one more
  • as of 2018: 15x Vectron AC 6.4MW 200 km/h SE/NO with shunting diesel

New transport contracts for Hector Rail, signed during the past twelve years are for example the transport of 2.5 million cubic meters of round wood Trätåg AB (contract taken over from Rush Rail after its bankruptcy), more container shuttles in cooperation with Samskip, more cars for ARS Altmann from the south of Germany (taken over from RheinCargo) and round wood for SCA Skog AB in Sweden. The Vectrons with shunting diesel feature are specifically needed for this latter contract, making it possible to shunt locally in and out of terminals without need for a catenary.

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