Siemens presents its multi-system locomotive HLE 18
At InnoTrans 2008 in Berlin Siemens is presenting an multi-system electric locomotive from the new generation of Eurosprinters.
The Belgian railway company – “Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Belges/ Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen” (SNCB/ NMBS) – has ordered sixty of these class HLE 18 locomotives from Siemens. These traction units have a maximum power rating of 6,000 kW, can travel at speeds of up to 200 km/h and will operate on the L2 high speed line between Brussels and Liege and on conventional routes as well.
The new Siemens locomotives are to replace older units in passenger traffic and expand overall capacity for the operator. Apart from its introduction on routes in Belgium, certifications are to be obtained for the HLE 18 so that it can operate in neighboring France (25 kV power system) and Luxembourg and serve the border stations Roosendaal and Maastricht (both in the Netherlands) and Aachen (Germany), thus clearing the way for unrestricted cross-border service.
These new locomotives will be equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS) Levels 1 and 2. The Siemens plant in Nuremberg, Germany will supply traction converter units, traction motors and transformers, while the bogies will be supplied by Siemens in Graz, Austria. Carbody construction will take place in the company's plant in Munich-Allach, Germany along with the assembly work and commissioning.
The HLE 18 has been brought from Munich to Berlin specially for the show, afterwards it will go back to the factory to complete commissioning. Shipment of a total of 60 locomotives starts in January 2009 and should be completed by June 2010. The order which Siemens received in December 2006 is worth some EUR 211 million and includes an option for 60 more locomotives.
New Eurosprinters also setting the pace in Portugal The Portuguese railway operator “Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses” (CP) ordered the class LE 4700 locomotive from Siemens – a locomotive belonging to the same Eurosprinter generation as the model HLE 18 for the Belgian railway company. The first of a total number of 25 vehicles in this class series will be handed over to the customer in October of this year. The 4,600 kW locomotives will see service in passenger and freight traffic. The LE 4700 is equipped with a new bogie that allows easy wheelset exchange, enabling the locomotive to run both on standard gauge and on Portuguese broad-gauge track. In addition, the LE 4700 is fitted with the national train control system, Convel, and with train radio and operations control systems.
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