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European Locomotive Leasing to order up to 50 Siemens Vectron locomotives

2014-03-31 15:15:17

Today, Siemens and European Locomotive Leasing, a provider of full‐service locomotive leasing solutions to freight and passenger operators throughout continental Europe, announced the signing of a framework contract for the order of up to 50 state-of-the-art Siemens Vectron locomotives. The first binding order for these locomotives was made today and they will be delivered immediately. The agreement will allow ELL to satisfy the demand of its rapidly expanding customer base.

Christoph Katzensteiner, CEO of European Locomotive Leasing, said: “The modern and versatile Vectron locomotives are well suited to the European market in particular and are proving to be very popular with our lessees. We are particularly pleased with their built-in European Train Control System (ETCS), which allows seamless domestic and cross-border traffic. This order exemplifies European Locomotive Leasing’s mission to provide customers with a full-service package of best-in-class technical performance and operational support.”

Michael Reichle, CEO of the Siemens Locomotives and Components Business Unit said: “This order demonstrates the flexibility of the Vectron platform concept in an impressive manner. It enables us to offer the right modular-designed locomotive with border-crossing capability for every traction task and area of application.”

The order is for AC and multi-system locomotives. The AC units are intended for cross-border traffic between Austria, Germany and Hungary. The multisystem units can be deployed in border-crossing traffic not only in Austria, Germany and Hungary, but also in Poland, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. In addition to the national train control systems, each locomotive is equipped with ETCS. The locomotive comes with a maximum output rating of 6400 kW and is built for a top speed of 160 km/h. It is already wired to accommodate other train control systems.

The locomotive leasing sector in Europe benefits from highly attractive market dynamics upon which European Locomotive Leasing is well placed to capitalise. These include rail traffic liberalisation and promotion across the continent, the growing prominence of private rail operators more likely to favour leasing rather than owning locomotives, and an improving macroeconomic outlook.

European Locomotive Leasing is led by a team of highly experienced rail professionals based in Austria and Germany. The company is supported by KKR, a leading global investment firm that provides long-term capital from its global infrastructure fund.

Contact for journalists:

Contact European Locomotive Leasing: RLM Finsbury

Nina Suter, phone: +44 20 7251 3801


Siemens AG

Ellen Schramke, phone: +49 30 386 22370


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European Locomotive Leasing (Vienna, Austria and Munich, Germany) is a rolling stock company that purchases locomotives – the railway vehicles that provide the motive power for trains – and leases them to freight and passenger operators throughout continental Europe. European Locomotive Leasing provides a full-service package to its customers, including locomotive maintenance and management services. The European Locomotive Leasing fleet is composed of economical, safe and environmentally sound electric locomotives fully equipped with the latest European Train Control System, enabling its customers to use ETCS rail tracks along the continent’s major rail corridors. For additional information, please visit the European Locomotive Leasing website at

The Siemens Rail Systems Division (Berlin, Germany) is an international leader in providing rolling stock and related services. Its portfolio covers the full range of vehicles – from railroad cars to metros and locomotives to trams and light-rail vehicles. The Division combines competence in the areas of local, long-distance, and logistical transport to offer comprehensive expertise for environmentally friendly, efficient, and reliable rail vehicles, which are already in use in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit