Italian freight operator Mercitalia Rail orders 40 Bombardier locomotives

Photo: Bombardier.
Photo: Bombardier.

Italian freight operator Mercitalia Rail has signed a contract for 40 Bombardier Traxx DC3 locomotives – the first customer for Bombardier’s new product.

The deal includes 16 years of maintenance and is valued at €210 million. Options for an extra 20 locomotives and eight more years of fleet maintenance are also included.

Delivery of the first locomotive is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Bombardier Transportation Italy spokesperson Luigi Corradi described the vehicles as “the most advanced direct current locomotive in Europe.”

He added: ““We are proud that Mercitalia Rail, the market leader for rail freight traffic in Italy, has chosen the TRAXX DC3 locomotive to modernise its fleet, and will be the first customer to benefit from this innovative product.”

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