BOMBARDIER TRANSPORTATION HAS SIGNED TWO CONTRACTS WITH AKIEM, A ROLLING STOCK LEASING FIRM, FOR THE SUPPLY OF 33 LOCOMOTIVES.
Bombardier Transportation has signed two contracts with Akiem, a rolling stock leasing company, for the supply of 33 BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives. The delivery of these locomotives, which include the TRAXX MS2 (multi-system), TRAXX AC3 (alternating current) and TRAXX DC3 (direct current) models, is scheduled between 2019 and 2021.
The Bombardier site in Trápaga, Spain, is the center where the traction converters and auxiliary converters for these locomotives are manufactured, being also responsible for the management of the operational project, covering from the selection of suppliers and stockpiles to the final tests and shipment of the converters, passing through the intermediate stages of supplies, manufacturing, testing and final inspections.
The Biscayan site is currently the center of excellence in the manufacture of high-power converters for the Bombardier TRAXX locomotive platform. These include the new families of AC3 converters, 1 and 2 systems for alternating current, DC3 for direct current supply and the new MS3, the latest generation of multi-system locomotives, equipped with the Last Mile function, which enables them to drive in non-electrified sections.
Among the advantages of the TRAXX platform for rail freight transport, in addition to the high traction power, stand out its economic and ecological operation, having an Ecomode system able to reduce the total energy consumption by 5% when switching off the traction motors individually. The locomotives are also designed with a modular maintenance that allows to reduce the downtime making the mechanical service faster and easier.
Compared to similar locomotives in their class, these locomotives increase the traction capacity, being able to pull one more car and increasing its efficiency by 1.9%, which in the long term means significant savings for the operators.