Bombardier Transportation said Thursday it has received an order from the Hungarian State Railway company, MÁV, for 25 Bombardier TRAXX P 160 AC Locomotives, with an option for 25 more. The contract is worth approximately $112 million. Delivery of the first locomotive is scheduled for spring 2011.
According to MÁV, the locomotives, which operate with alternating current (AC), are intended for passenger service in Hungary as well as for cross-border transport to Austria and Germany.
Said MAV-TRAKCIO Co. CEO Dr. Imre Markus, “Our locomotive investment project and the purchase of the new TRAXX locomotives are very important for achieving better energy efficiency within our fleet and replacing older locomotives. The new locomotives will contribute to the modernization and energy effectiveness of the Hungarian railways. They will enable MÁV-TRAKCIÓ Co. to reduce maintenance costs and continue to fulfill more contractual obligations for international corridors.”
Åke Wennberg, president of the Locomotives and Equipment Division of Bombardier Transportation, said: “The TRAXX locomotive isproving itself superbly in the market. There are currently around 800 TRAXX locomotivesin service in Europe alone. We are very pleased that MÁV too, has now placedits trust in our electric locomotives, and that we can therefore contribute tothe further development of passenger rail transport in Hungary.”
Final assemblyof the AC locomotives for MÁV will take place at the Bombardier plant in Kassel,Germany. The car bodies will be produced at Bombardier’s site in Wrocław,Poland, the bogies in Siegen, Germany, and the bogie frames in our Hungariansite of Mátranovák. The Mannheim and Hennigsdorf sites, in Germany, will supplythe propulsion and controls technology as well as the propulsion equipment.