Today, Danish state railways (DSB) has released the final outcome of its locomotive tender, that was launched in 2016. As of 2021, DSB will be operating new Siemens Vectron locomotives. The initial order comprises of 26 machines with a top speed of 200 km/h. There is an option for 18 extra machines. Siemens will also be responsible for the maintenance of the locomotives for the first 10 years, although the actual work will be done by DSB. This contract can be extended with 5 years.
DSB plans to operate the new machines with its double deck trains (Bombardier Twindexx coaches) and with regional trains in the Sjælland area. The new machines will replace the ME diesel locomotives and the last remaining EA electrics.
DSB took its time in finding the right supplier of its new locomotives; 14 months to be precise; In January 2017 three suppliers were pre-selected; Bombardier, Siemens and Skoda. For DSB it was of outmost importance that the new machines should be of a ‘standard design’ that had already proven itself in everyday service.
Medio 2017 DSB announced that it changed the original time path for delivery. ‘Intense dialogues’ with the selected manufacturers had proven that DSB’s planning was ‘tight and challenging’. It was feared that some manufacturers would pull out of the competition.
Originally, DSB wanted to have its new locomotives in 2020, now this will be 2021. They will be equipped with GSM-R, ETCS, STM-DK and LZB/PZB.
Main technical parameters:
- Power system: 25kV 50Hz AC + 15kV 16.7Hz AC
- Energiforsyning til vogne: 1500V 50Hz / 1000V 16.7Hz
- Starting traction effort: 320 kN
- Braking power: max. 240 kN
- Power rating: max. 6.4MW
- Top speed: 200 km/h
- 4 axles / Bo’Bo’ configuration
- Track gauge: 1,435 mm
- L / W / H: 18,980 mm / 3,012 mm / 3,860 mm
- Weight: 86 metric tonnes