First Vectron locomotive handed over to Dortmunder Eisenbahn

Dual mode locomotiveDortmunder Eisenbahn GmbH, a company of the Captrain Deutschland Group and Dortmunder Hafen, took delivery of a new Vectron Dual Mode locomotive from Siemens Mobility which is leased from the locomotive lessor Alpha Trains.

Two more locomotives of this series will be delivered to Dortmund at the beginning of 2023. Thanks to their dual drive, the mainline dual-power locomotives can be used on electrified and non-electrified lines. By using modern rolling stock, Captrain increases rail productivity and continuously reduces CO2 emissions.

“With the first dual-power locomotive at Dortmunder Eisenbahn, Captrain is strengthening its position as a reliable logistics partner for industrial customers in the Ruhr region who want to make their supply chain even more flexible and lower in emissions,” Jan Läzer, Managing Director of Dortmunder Eisenbahn said.

In cooperation with Alpha Trains, Captrain Deutschland Group is investing further in sustainable rail logistics and will thus be able to react even more flexibly to customer requirements in the future.

From January 2023, the new dual-mode locomotive will operate five times a week between Mülheim an der Ruhr to Brake (Unterweser) near Bremen to transport large pipes from Europipe′s plant to the inland port in Lower Saxony. The two additional locomotives, which are to be delivered in January, will further strengthen Dortmunder Eisenbahn’s fleet.

With a length of just under 20 metres and a maximum traction power at wheel rim of 2,400 kW in e-mode and 2,000 kW in diesel mode, the four-axle vehicles can reach a top speed of up to 160 km/h. On electrified lines, they can be operated at a contact wire voltage of 15kV. Their maximum starting tractive effort is 300 kN.

The locomotive was ceremonially handed over by Stephan Wegert, Commercial Manager of Alpha Trains, to the Managing Directors of Dortmunder Eisenbahn GmbH, Jan Läzer and Dr. Roland Kitschler. at the Siemens Rail Service Center in Munich-Allach.

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