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Siemens to deliver locomotives to Finland
Finnish State Railways place major order worth more than 300 million Euros / Option for an additional 97 locomotives including maintenance / First order for the Vectron broad gauge version
The new locomotives are designed to operate reliably even under the extreme climatic conditions in Scandinavia during their long service life. Siemens was able to provide clear evidence of their capability during comprehensive test and authorization trips in Sweden and Norway. "The selection was made after a long and careful examination. The electric locomotive manufactured by Siemens is well suited to the challenging conditions in Finland", says VR Group's President and CEO Mikael Aro. The locomotives for VR-Yhtymä Oy will benefit from the valuable experience gained during these tests. In addition, the Vectron fleet has already traveled far more than one million kilometers. Vectron locomotives are operating according to timetable in Germany, Poland and Sweden. The new generation of electric Siemens locomotives is well established in the market. Siemens was already able to sell more than 50 of them to seven international customers so far.
The Vectron locomotives are based on a technical platform. This concept enables Siemens to design and manufacture vehicle variants such as alternating system or multi system locomotives according to customer-specific requirements within a short time. Authorization has already been granted for Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden.
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