Railpool, a full-service locomotive leasing company headquartered in Munich, Germany, has ordered five additional Vectron type AC locomotives. All five are to be delivered this year and are planned for operating in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Romania. The locomotives, with a maximum output of 6,400 KW and a top speed of 200 km/h, will be built in the Siemens plant in Munich-Allach, Germany. With this order, Railpool will be expanding its Vectron fleet to a total of 19 units. The contract also gives Railpool the option to order up to ten additional Vectron AC locomotives.

“The short-term availability of the Vectron locomotives enables us to respond flexibly to current customer demand. With the Vectron, we are well-positioned, especially for operations along the Germany-Austria-Hungary corridor, and we look forward to further expanding our partnership with Siemens,” said Torsten Lehnert, CEO of Railpool.

“Our sales storage concept enables us to meet short-term delivery requests from our customers. In detail, the concept entails maintaining an inventory of chassis, driver cabs, locomotive bodies, frames and bogies in the Siemens factories. The locomotive’s machine room has fixed positions for all components and is individually fitted once the customer has placed an order,” explained Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens’ business with high-speed/regional trains and locomotives.