Siemens Mobility will supply BLS Cargo 25 new Vectron MS locomotives which will be delivered between 2020 and 2025.
The new locomotives will be used on the north-south freight corridor between Belgium, Netherlands and Italy.
The locomotives are equipped with all necessary traction and train control systems required for operation in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, north-south freight corridor between Belgium/Netherlands and Italy, Netherlands and Belgium.
The operator says that a key component for these cross-border operating concepts is the role played by Belgian rail freight operator Crossrail Benelux NV, which was taken over by BLS Cargo in 2019.
“The new locomotives will give us access to the Belgian market and enable us to tie in operating processes more closely with Crossrail,” Dirk Stahl, the CEO of BLS Cargo said.
The locomotives ordered by BLS Cargo have a maximum output of 6.4 megawatts, a top speed of 160 km/h, and are equipped with the required national train control systems and the European Train Control System (ETCS).
Currently, BLS Cargo owns 15 Vectron locomotives, ordered in 2015.