Siemens Supplies Diesel-electric Locomotives to Vietnam Railways
In cooperation with Vossloh, the Siemens Transportation Systems Group (TS) has received an order from Vietnam Railways to supply 16, AR15 diesel-electric locomotives. The order is valued at around US$57 million. The 81 tonne three-phase locomotives with a Co’Co’ axle arrangement, can reach a maximum speed of 120 km/h. The 12-cylinder diesel engine of the AR15 locomotive generates an output of 1500 kW with power at the wheel of approximately 1220 kW. Vietnam Railways will use the locomotives for freight and passenger services on the north-south connection between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The mechanical part of the locomotives will be manufactured in the Siemens factory in Munich and the first locomotives are due to be delivered in 2006.