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Vectron Platform of Siemens Mobility

Vectron is the newest platform of Siemens Mobility for the modern European locomotive. It's predecessor has been the successful and technically advanced Eurosprinter product line, which includes solutions for both freight ES64F4 and multipurpose use ES64U2/U4. The latter can haul trains as fast as 230 km/h (143 mph). For the East Europe, the product line has been called Eurorunners. The main emphasis on Vectron to replace all of these is to create a true "Europolitan" loco, a product that has the much needed flexibility to access most of the European rail networks despite the numerous technical variations. An American version ACS64, built of American parts, has also been created.

The new Vectron looks very much like the Eurorunners and Belgian class 18 electrics and is available both as electric, hybrid and diesel versions, just like its main competitor TRAXX platform of Bombardier.

Railpool class 193 Vectron AC, Munich, Germany
  Picture above: Some of the first production Vectrons were built for the rolling stock leasing company Railpool. Here the Railpool locomotive to be leased to BLS in Switzerland is being prepared at Siemens' Munich plant in Germany. In the background is half finished two of the Belgian class 18 locomotives, sharing the same exterior design. Picture by Siemens AG.

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Quick Menu: Vectron certification in Europe * Vectron Prototypes and Early Product Development * Some Color Schemes of Vectron *
Models:
- German Class 192 AC Vectron with Auxiliary Diesel
- German class 193 AC Vectron
- Polish class 5170 DC Vectron
- German class 247 diesel-electric Vectron


Roster pictures by Operator:
boxXpress.de * CargoServ * DB Schenker Polska * Fuori Muro * MRCE * Railpool * Siemens Demonstrators *



Created for 4rail.net by John McKey. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo, Peider SwissTrip, Richard Oed, Siemens AG and John McKey.




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  Vectron Certification in Europe

Vectron class 192 unit 961 is seen at Innotrans 2012, Berlin, Germany
Vectron models have from late 2014 gained fast use on numerous European operators, whether it be on bulk freight use of Central Europe or any of the demanding Nordic contries' solutions. If this trend prevails, expect at least 25% market share for high volume applications for the different Vectron models combined.

 Country / Area Classes  Certification
 Austria  AC64  Yes
 Czech Republic  Several  Yes
 Denmark    Not yet
 Finland  Sr3 (AC64E+D2)  Expected in 2017
 France    Not yet
 Germany  E: 192, 193
 D: 247
 Yes
 Hungary  AC64  Yes
 Italy    In progress
 Netherlands    In progress
 Norway  AC64  Yes
 Poland  Several  Yes
 Romania    Yes
 Slovakia  AC64  Yes
 Spain    Not yet
 Sweden  AC64, MS  Yes
 Switzerland    In progress
 Turkey  Several  Yes
 Channel tunnel    In progress
     
     

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  Vectron Prototypes of Siemens Mobility
Vectron demonstrator of Siemens AG

Siemens Mobility had been silently preparing a new line of locomotives for several years before these were finally officially presented to their potential buyers and great audience at Innotrans 2010. The idea was to create a flexible locomotive platform instead of building something that could achieve all tasks. Building everything that ever might be needed into one locomotive body can be very expensive. Instead, now modules can be added or removed, if necessary. This modular thinking has lead to unseen success for Siemens Mobility's competitor Bombardier TRAXX locomotive platform with well over 2000 units delivered so far.

For Vectron there are still 3 main variants (despite the common platform):

  1. 6400 kW (8580 hp) AC powered overhead electric locomotive, with or without auxiliary diesel for shunting and moving the locomotive around in nonelectrified areas.
  2. 5600 kW (7510 hp) DC powered overhead electric locomotive.
  3. 2400 kW (3200 hp) pure diesel-electric version of the Vectron platform.

The prototypes started their finishing and certification preparation tour after 2010 Innotrans. As you might notice from the early prototype pictures and the production unit pictures and technical specifications some added product development and market segmentation analysis was made. As a result by the 2012 Innotrans fair there were the current 3 main models to be shown, locomotives registered to Poland and Germany. And one of the AC locos seems to have hopped between German classes 192 and 192 more than once (class 193 has the auxiliary diesel aboard).

The certification process goes on in several countries with an "European wide" certification as a target. While Vectrons can now run freely for their users in countries like Poland and Germany, there are many more countries to follow in a few years. In Sweden the type has a "preliminary certification" meaning that Siemens has had one unit there and in Norway since 2010, working real trains for real operators and gathering that way much appreciated real life data. The Swedish Vectron also travelled in winter through Malmbana in the Swedish and Norwegian North. If the results are promising, it might turn out to be a solution for the modern locomotive for the demanding Nordic market, where competing TRAXX locomotives are disliked by many operators. In the North the reliability is number one issue, so failing locomotive computer programs and wheel slip controls etc. can create a difference between huge success or bust. The market is there and it is locomotive hungry with ever aging electric locomotives! Maybe the Siemens Mobility has an appetite to fullfil the customers needs here too.

Even with the Eurosprinter product line as the base, the Vectron project was a major undertaking for the Siemens Mobility. The product development for Vectron started in 2006 and the end product was announced at the Innotrans fair in Berlin year 2010. Between 2006 - 2010 the project was a great secret only the product development involved knew about.

One of the key features that the new Vectron product line offers a possibility to use longer trains than today. It can be fitted with a center couplers and has a 1500kN static pulling load. This enables using the locomotives even in the heavy ore trains some of the as strong predecessor ES64F4 have found their home at.

Vectron demonstrator of Siemens AG

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  German class 193 Vectron (AC 6400 kW) (Most common type)
Railpool class 193 Vectron AC, Munich, Germany

The powerful AC 6400 KW version has become the most common Vectronvariant you see on the rail lines of Normal 1435 mm gauge. The leading customer was a rolling stock leasing company Railpool in 2013. This version can be found from almost Mediterranean coast all the way to Nordic countries.



Technical details for Vectron AC
-> Type: Vectron platform for Europe
-> German class: 193
-> Usage: heavy multipurpose electric locomotive
-> Builder: Siemens Mobility AG, Germany
-> Production dates: 2010 -
-> Numbers built: ~10
-> Numbers in use: 6, new model

-> Users: Siemens demonstrators, Railpool,
-> Seen: Austria, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden

-> Energy Source: 15 kV 16,7 Hz and 25 kV 50 Hz overhead electric, , 1500V and 300V can also be added
-> Power output: 6400 kW (8580 Hp)
-> Traction motors: AC
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): 150 / 240 kN
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 / 1170 mm


-> Max. operational speed: 160 km/h or 200 km/h

-> Length: 19,0 m
-> Height: 4,25 m
-> Width: 3,0 m
-> Profile: UIC505-1

-> Weight:
88 t
-> Axel weight: 22,5 t

-> Profile: UIC 505-1



Railpool class 193 Vectron AC, Munich, Germany
Railpool class 193 Vectron AC, Munich, Germany
Railpool class 193 Vectron AC, Munich, Germany Railpool class 193 Vectron AC, Munich, Germany

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  German class 192 Vectron (AC 6400 kW, 180 kW auxiliary diesel)
Vectron class 192 unit 961 is seen at Innotrans 2012, Berlin, Germany


Technical details for Vectron AC with auxiliary diesel
-> Type: Vectron platform for Europe
-> German class: 192
-> Usage: heavy multipurpose electric locomotive with shunting / mowing capability without overhead wire
-> Builder: Siemens Mobility AG, Germany
-> Production dates: 2012 -
-> Numbers built: 0, prototype existed for Innotrans 2012
-> Numbers in use: new model, not sold yet

-> Users: Siemens demonstrator, -
-> Seen: -

-> Energy Source: 15 kV 16,7 Hz and 25 kV 50 Hz overhead electric, 1500V and 300V can also be added
-> Power output: 6400 kW (8580 Hp)
-> Traction motors: AC
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): 150 / 240 kN
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 / 1170 mm


-> Max. operational speed: 160 km/h or 200 km/h

-> Length: 19,0 m
-> Height: 4,25 m
-> Width: 3,0 m
-> Profile: UIC505-1

-> Weight:
88 t
-> Axel weight: 22,5 t

-> Profile: UIC 505-1



 
 
 

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  Polish class 5170 Vectron (DC 5200 kW)
Vectron DC of Polish class 5170 at Innotrans 2012, Berlin, Germany

The cheapest Vectron is a DC (direct current) version with slightly lower kilowatts offered than with its AC (alternating current) sister loco.

The DC Vectron has started to sell relatively well for a new type in 2013, 23 units are being delivered to DB Schenker in Poland and two to Fuori Muro in Italy.

Technical details for Vectron DC
-> Type: Vectron platform for Europe
-> Polish class: 5170
-> Usage: heavy multipurpose electric locomotive
-> Builder: Siemens Mobility AG, Germany
-> Production dates: 2010 -
-> Numbers built: ~25, most in order
-> Numbers in use: a few, new model

-> Users: DB Schenker Polska, Fuori Muro, Siemens demonstrators
-> Seen: Austria, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden

-> Energy Source: 15 kV 16,7 Hz and 25 kV 50 Hz overhead electric, 1500V and 300V can also be added
-> Power output: 5200 kW (6975 Hp)
-> Traction motors: DC
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN (?)
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): 150 / 240 kN
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 / 1170 mm


-> Max. operational speed: 160 km/h or 200 km/h

-> Length: 19,0 m
-> Height: 4,25 m
-> Width: 3,0 m
-> Profile: UIC505-1

-> Weight:
<88 t
-> Axel weight: 22 t

-> Profile: UIC 505-1



Vectron DC of Polish class 5170 at Innotrans 2012, Berlin, Germany
 
Vectron DC bogie of Polish class 5170 at Innotrans 2012, Berlin, Germany Vectron DC of Polish class 5170 at Innotrans 2012, Berlin, Germany

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  German class 247 Diesel Vectron (DC 5200 kW)
Vectron class 247 unit 901 is seen at Innotrans 2012, Berlin, Germany

Besides the hybrid version, there is also a diesel electric version of Vectron. Class 247 was for display at Innotrans 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

Technical details for Vectron DE
-> Type: Vectron platform for Europe, diesel-electric version
-> German class: 247
-> Usage: medium multipurpose diesel-electric locomotive
-> Builder: Siemens Mobility AG, Germany
-> Production dates: 2010 -
-> Numbers built: new model
-> Numbers in use: new model

-> Users: Siemens demonstrators
-> Seen:

-> Energy Source: diesel prime mover, 2000/2200/2400 kN
-- MTU 16V 4000 R84
-> Traction motors: DC
-> Tractive Effort, start: 275 kN
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): 150 / 240 kN
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 / 1170 mm


-> Max. operational speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)

-> Length: 19,0 m
-> Height: 4,25 m
-> Width: 3,0 m
-> Profile: UIC505-1

-> Weight:
<88 t
-> Max. axle weight: 22,5 t

-> Profile: UIC 505-1
-> Static pulling strength 1500 kN, can be fitted with a center coupler for heavier trains.

Notes

 

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 Vectron Color Schemes
Railpool class 193 Vectron AC, Munich, Germany   Railpool is among the largest locomotive leasing companies in Europe, so numerous Vectrons operate in their customers fleets too. Often the blue or orange stripe can be found on locomotives either end with Railpool text on itto advertise the owner business. The sides of most Railpool units on longer team lease seem to carry operator themes.
   
   

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Vectron Roster Pictures by Operator / Owner

boxXpress.de

 Vectron AC 160 km/h of boxXpress.de

boxXpress is taking into use in 2013 -2014 four Vectron AC 160 km/h units which will be used in Germany and Austria.

 
 
   

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CargoServ

 Vectron AC 160 km/h of CargoServ

CargoServ has taken into use from the beginning of 2013 one Vectron AC 160 km/h which will be used in Germany and Austria.

 
 
   

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MRCE

 MRCE German class 193 (Siemens Mobility Vectron AC)

MRCE announced in early June 2013 that it has ordered 15 units of Vectron AC model for its use. They maximum power is 6400 kW (8583 hp) and highest speed 160 km/h (99 mph). The first unit is already finished and the rest will follow to the operator during 2013. The overall quality, flexibility and of course price were said to be reason behind choosing Siemens mobility out of the competition. Out of these flexibility means easier planning in the future as the competition environment and where the locomotive is hired or sold may change several time during the long life of it. Some of the locomotives are also already pre equipped for MS installation and have wiring for multiple train systems for the future.

The locomotives are initially targeted for German, Austrian and Hungarian traffic.

 
 
   

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Railpool

 Railpool German class 193 number 802 (Siemens Mobility Vectron AC)
Railpool class 193 Vectron AC, Munich, Germany

One of the first production Vectron AC units is seen here at Munich Allach in Germany. From here the locomotives the locomotives run to their customer after being first carefully tested and certified.

Pictures by Siemens Mobility.







Railpool class 193 Vectron AC, Munich, Germany

Railpool class 193 Vectron AC, Munich, Germany
Railpool class 193 Vectron AC, Munich, Germany
Railpool class 193 Vectron AC, Munich, Germany  

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 Early Prototype pictures of Vectrons
Vectron demonstrator of Siemens AG

As Vectron development was started in 2006, many pictures of the early versions and the locomotives seen at Innotrans 2010 have accumulated. These did not yet have type and registration marks visible so from some angles it is hard to spot which loco is which. The marking were added once the units started certification tour mowing from one country to another.

  In the picture on the left you notice the hood looking very much like the later Eurorunner, which was the previous Siemens diesel locomotive. Those are quite popular especially in the ex. Eastern side of Europe.

Vectron locomotive body also looks relatively similar to the Belgian class 18 electric.

 

   Left below is seen the German class 247 diesel locomotive with the detachable number boards on the hood. Instead of building these to the car body where they can not be removed or added if need be, placing them on the hood is just genius and very customer oriented of Siemens!

The SF4 bogie of the Vectron is a further developed Eurosprinter F4 bogie. For increased speed range this bogies drive line is of a partly suspended hollow shaft type with lateral dampers as a new feature. An option for the bogie is an ADD system steering the bogie to the curve and out of it reducing the Y forces. ADD is shortened for German Aktiver Drehdämpfer.


  This locomotive shows the face of the Siemens founding father Ernst Werner von Siemens by the entrance door to the cab.

Vectron demonstrator of Siemens AG Vectron demonstrator of Siemens AG
Vectron demonstrator of Siemens AG


The inside view to the electric Vectron clean and clearly organized machine room. All the numerous components are easily accessible through the center corridor.

 

Vectron features an enhanced crashworthiness with crumple zones. The crumple zones effectively absorb energy in the smaller accidents, like sometimes happens with switching. The cab is a separate module, bolted to the body for easier replacement if needed. Although the outward appearance of the Vectron is very similar to Eurorunners and latest Eurosprinters, the structures have many enhancements. All these locomotives conform to the EN15227 crash worthiness norms. These came into effect in the summer of 2012 and meant that for Siemens the popular line of Taurus ES64U2/4 locomotives had to be discontinued.

Interesting change to the Eurosprinter F4 product line is now missing one of the main spotting features: ribbed lines along the sides.

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