Harsco Rail and DB Netz signed a seven-year contract for the development of up to 56 catenary intervention and maintenance vehicles with an initial order for 16 vehicles which will be delivered starting 2022. It is expected that seven more machines will follow two years later.
The total value of the signed contract is EUR 290 million.
Harsco’s diesel-electric Utility Track Vehicles (UTVs) are the innovative vehicles, offering features for pure electric traction via overhead catenary, which meets a critical customer need as more track becomes electrified in DB’s served network. These vehicles also offer innovative technologies that reduce both emission and noise.
They can run up to two hours in work mode without any power supply using just a battery and feature a trendsetting air conditioning unit cooled by a natural refrigerant.
“Harsco Rail has significantly invested in Europe to develop market-leading technologies with superior execution capability and to establish a robust supply chain to offer the most innovative Utility Track Vehicles in the market today,” Harsco Rail President Jeswant Gill, said.