Siemens Austria and Serbia Cargo signed a EUR 32 million contract for the supply of 8 Vectron multisystem locomotives, being country’s first locomotive acquisition in the last 30 years. The new locomotives will be delivered by the end of March 2019, “much faster than originally planned,” according to Zorana Mihajlovic, the Transport Minister.
Serbia intends to improve its rolling stock fleet by purchasing and modernising 3000 wagons and 80 diesel and electric locomotives. Under this programme, Serbia Cargo will invest more than EUR 50 million from its funds to overhaul its fleet that will be put into service on the modernised lines across the country.
The project, financed by EBRD, will strengthen Serbia’s position in the region and will allow to increase transport capacity particularly from Greek Aegean port of Thessaloniki throughout Europe. “With the new locomotives you will be able to travel from Thessaloniki to Europe by rail,” Udo Eichlinger, CEO of Siemens Serbia said.
The new locomotives will be manufactured at Siemens factory in Munich. They meet European standards concerning environment protection, noise, energy saving and will be equipped with ETCS.