Beacon Rail, a rolling stock leasing company, has ordered 10 Vectron MS multi-system locomotives from Siemens Mobility. This order will give Beacon Rail an overall portfolio of 170 Vectron locomotives.
“We are very pleased about the order from Beacon Rail. Their trust in us shows that our Vectron locomotives stand for reliability and flexibility in European passenger and freight transport. With the ordered Vectron MS, cross-border operations are possible in ten different European countries. This generates another contribution to make transportation on rail attractive,” Albrecht Neumann, CEO Rolling Stock of Siemens Mobility, said.
The ordered multi-system locomotives have a maximum power at wheel of 6.4 megawatts and are capable to run at a top speed of 160 km/h. They are equipped with the European train control system ETCS Baseline 3 as well as the required national train control systems.
The locomotives will be built at the Siemens Mobility plant in Munich-Allach, Bavaria, Germany, which will be expanded to 80,000 m2 from its current 50,000 m2 to increase manufacturing capacity to meet the growing demand for locomotives and services.
Beacon Rail plans to have the Vectron MS multi-system locomotives operate along the Rhine-Alpine corridor and between the North Sea ports and the European hinterland.
“Beacon Rail is delighted that, following its recent acquisition of Mitsui Rail Capital Europe, it has ordered 10 additional Vectron locomotives to support the company’s commitment to the European 4-axle electric rail freight and passenger markets. Beacon looks forward to further enhancing its relationship with Siemens Mobility,” Adam Cunliffe, CEO Beacon Rail, said.
In August 2023, Beacon Rail entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (MRCE) with transaction being expected to be completed before the end of March 2024. Mitsui & Co divested 100% of Mitsui Rail Capital Europe shares (780,000 shares) to Beacon Rail.
Mitsui Rail Capital Europe ordered from Siemens Mobility 14 Vectron locomotives in August 2022 expanding its Vectron fleet to 147 vehicles.