Swedish operator buys Romanian locomotives

Swedish rail logistics operator Green Cargo and Romanian company Softronic signed an agreement for the acquisition of two Transmontana Co-Co locomotives with a tractive power of up to 3,000 tonnes, or twice the tractive power of a conventional RC locomotive. The new vehicles should be delivered in the summer of 2018.
“We have decided to evaluate a number of locomotives and wagons as part of our fleet strategy. First to be evaluated are two Transmontana Co-Co locomotives that will enable the creation of even more efficient logistics solutions, particularly for heavier traffic plans,” Green Cargo’s President Jan Kilström said.
Green Cargo has a fleet strategy that not only increases capacity and safety, but which also reduces freight costs for the company’s customers.
“In addition to their superior tractive power, the locomotives are modern and are equipped with automatic and optimized electrical braking. These locomotives will be optimized to run as energy-efficiently as possible by using topography and route data,” Markus Gardbring, Assets Director at Green Cargo said.
Green Cargo owns a rolling stock fleet of 400 locomotives and 5,000 wagons and ensures 400 freight trains per day in Sweden, which corresponds to about 10,000 trucks or a convoy of trucks more than 300-km long.
The operator offers door-to-door services in a network that spans all of Sweden, and through company’s partners, it has access to thousands of locations throughout Europe.
Transmontana represents the successor of a series of locomotives manufactured by Softronic own projects, but it is the first one with asynchronous traction motors. The new locomotives combine Softronic experience of over 12 years in modernization, repair and manufacture of locomotives with innovations systematically oriented to customers benefit and cost effective.
The Co-CO axles are equipped with a 25 kV 50 Hz by-sistem transformer powering six asynchronous engines. The locomotive can reach speeds of over 200 km/h.

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