Stefan Roseanu, ARF President (right) and Gabriel Stanciu, Alstom Managing Director for Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova.

Alstom to supply 16 electric locomotives to Romania

Stefan Roseanu, ARF President (right) and Gabriel Stanciu, Alstom Managing Director for Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova. Alstom

Alstom and the Romanian Railway Reform Authority (ARF) have recently entered into a substantial contract, valued at approximately 150 million euros, for the supply of 16 Traxx 3 MS electric locomotives and associated 20 years of maintenance and repair services.

The agreement, formalised on 29 January 2024, marks a significant step in Alstom’s commitment to providing intelligent and sustainable mobility solutions. The 20-year maintenance and repair period can be further extended by an additional 20 years through a supplementary agreement. “The new locomotives will significantly contribute to the country’s journey towards sustainable mobility, aligning with Alstom’s commitment to advancing greener and smarter mobility solutions worldwide,” said Gabriel Stanciu, Managing Director Alstom Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova in a press release.

Locomotive design

The Traxx 3 MS electric locomotives, designed with an operating speed range of 160 to 200 kilometres per hour, tow up to 16 passenger cars. The Traxx locomotives have a design based on a modular platform, compatible with various applications, including single or multi-country freight and passenger transport. Offered in multiple configurations (AC, DC, and multi-system), this enhances operational performance and reliability, with increased energy efficiency and extended maintenance intervals contributing to improved availability.

Technical specifications for the Traxx 3 MS electric locomotives include a standard gauge of 1435 mm, an approximate axle load of 22 tonnes, main propulsion with Electric multi-system (MS), direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) systems, secondary propulsion options of diesel or battery, a powerful 6.4 megawatt (MW) maximum power output, a tractive effort of up to 340 kilonewtons (kN).

An innovative feature is the last mile functionality, allowing access to non-electrified terminals, ports, sidings, etc., with high tractive effort and seamless transitions. This eliminates the need for a shunting locomotive, and combined with remote control, enables one-person operation, showcasing cutting-edge capabilities. Alstom’s ERTMS system can also be found onboard.

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