Siemens' rail division has received the largest locomotive order in its history from India. Overall, it is about the delivery of 1200 electric locomotives over a period of eleven years and their maintenance and repair for 35 years, as Siemens Mobility announced on Monday. The customer of the order with a volume of around three billion euros before taxes is the railway company Indian Railways.
The locomotives with an output of 9000 hp are to be used in freight transport. They can pull up to 4,500 tons and travel at speeds of 120 kilometers per hour. The drives are to be manufactured in a Siemens Mobility plant in India. The installation is carried out together with employees from Indian Railways in the state of Gujarat. Cooperation is also planned for maintenance.
India has one of the largest rail networks in the world and, according to Siemens, is one of the fastest growing rail markets. "The country wants to almost double rail freight capacity," said Siemens boss Roland Busch. "I am delighted with this major order, which will help meet the country's ambitious goals of building the world's largest electrified rail network."