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Siemens Delivers 100th Diesel Locomotive to SNCF

Posted on February 25, 2009

Siemens announced that it has delivered to SNCF, the state-owned French railway company, the 100th type BB 475000 locomotive. It is the first of a series of 33 locomotives equipped with automatic train protection systems that will enable them to operate in both the German and the French railway networks. The 99 previously delivered locomotives were intended for use solely in France. Together with consortium leader Alstom, Siemens Mobility is supplying a total of 400 diesel locomotives to SNCF through a contract that was signed in February 2004.

The 84-metric-ton BB 475000 diesel locomotive was developed by Siemens and Alstom and is designed for a maximum speed of 120 km/h. As member of the consortium, Siemens is responsible for developing the electrical equipment and supplying the thermal part on the basis of the Eurorunner platform. Eurorunner-based locomotives are currently operating in Germany, Austria, Lithuania, Hong Kong, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Romania. All in all there are 175 Eurorunner in use.

Siemens also announced that it has shipped the first of 23 Class 7100 electric freight locomotives to be delivered to Pacific National, the largest private railway company in Australia, for use in coal mine operations. The other 22 locomotives will be delivered over the next 14 months.

For more information: WWW.SIEMENS.COM

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