Deutsche Bahn (DB) has signed a framework agreement with Bombardier that could see the delivery of 450 TRAXX locomotives between now and 2023.
The new locomotives will be split across DB’s operations, with 110 confirmed for DB Schenker and 20 for DB Regio passenger services.
Dr Volker Kefer, DB Technology and Infrastructure Management, said: “With the new locomotives, we are well prepared for the different traffic-related requirements of the market.”
The locomotives, which have a potential operating speed of 189 km per hour, can be manufactured with a Last Mile Diesel Engine, which allows the electric vehicles to run on non-electrified sections of track.
The agreement is still subject to the approval.