[IT / InnoTrans] 494 001 – This is the first TRAXX DC3 for Mercitalia Rail [updated]

We bring you the first pictures of 494 001 – to be delivered to Mercitalia Rail. The red and silver locomotive was recorded by several photographers today outside the Bombardier factory in Vado Ligure (IT). 

494 001 on 05.09.2018 in Vado Ligure – Photo: Giorgio D’Alessandro

It is the third TRAXX DC3 locomotive that Bombardier has completed – the first one of the series production:

494 001 on 05.09.2018 in Vado Ligure – Photo: Francesco Bochicchio

40 locomotives on order

In December 2017 Bombardier and Mercitalia Rail signed a contract for 40 Bombardier TRAXX DC3 locomotives including 16 years service and maintenance. There are options for up to 20 additional locomotives. Delivery is scheduled to start in the 4th quarter of 2018.

Update: Transport to Hennigsdorf

Very remarkable, the 494 001 will first go to Germany, to Bombardier’s Hennigsdorf factory. We can not think of any DC TRAXX locomotive ever that has been in Hennigsdorf before. The 494 will be on display in Hennigsdorf for the media, together with TRAXX MS3 no. 188 004.

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494 001 on 05.09.2018 in Vado Ligure – Photo: Francesco Bochicchio