[IT] TRAXX DC3 ready to go: Mercitalia officially presents its ‘494’

Today Mercitalia Rail officially presented its new ‘series 494’ – a Bombardier TRAXX DC3 electric. A total of 40 such locomotives are currently being assembled in Italy and will be delivered to the state operator.
Mercitalia Rail put the designated 494 003 in the spotlights today in Rome (IT), in the presence of senior officials of the freight operator:
“The new locomotives together with the interoperable ones already ordered by TX Logistik (the German company of the Mercitalia Polo which operates in the major European countries) constitute our most important investment. An investment of a total value of about EUR 400 million which will allow us to renew, in the next two years, about a third of the owned locomotive fleet in order to offer our customers greater transport capacity and more reliable and punctual services – Marco Gosso, CEO of Mercitalia Logistics
Two 494s awaiting delivery outside Bombardier’s factory in Vado Ligure. Photo: FS News
Photo: FS News

The TRAXX DC for Mercitalia Rail has a maximum traction power of 6.4 MW and a pulling force of 320 kN and, according to the operator, will allow offering superior technical characteristics compared to its current trains, guaranteeing the best standards of comfort and safety of its train drivers. In order to ensure maximum availability, Bombardier will be responsible for maintenance of the locomotives for a period of eight years (in earlier statements however 16 years was being mentioned..).

Mercitalia 494 003 on 05.02.2019 with a ‘test’ freight train from Savona to Milan – Photo: Luca Faggi

Earlier this week 484 003 was seen operating test trains – authorization for the Italian railway network was issued on 07.02.2019. Last summer, Railcolornews had the chance to get acquainted personally with 494 001 in Berlin during the InnoTrans trade fare.

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To get a comprehensive overview of the new locomotive, read our Expert article: A full introduction to Bombardier’s new TRAXX DC3 and MS3 locomotives.

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