The Swiss intermodal transport company Hupac has ordered eight Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens. The multisystem locomotives will serve on the Rhine – Alpine Corridor (DACHINL). Deliveries will begin in the early summer of 2018.
The locomotives have a maximum output of 6.4 MW and a top speed of 160 km/h. In addition to having national train control systems, the locomotives will also be equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS). They will be built in the Siemens plant in Munich-Allach, Germany.
“With this investment in Vectron locomotives, we can more efficiently serve the Rhine-Alpine Corridor through the internationally integrated traction,” said Bernard Kunz, Managing Director of Hupac AG.
With the new locomotives, Hupac and its partners will be expanding their offering for rail transport service from central European hubs, such as the logistics center Rotterdam, via the main rail corridors between the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland and into the Mediterranean region. The new Vectrons will enable transport operators partnering with Hupac to connect the European economic regions north and south of the Alps with service through the new Gotthard Base Tunnel.