Traxx locomotive

Alstom and CLIP bring 13 sustainable locomotives to central Europe

Alstom and CLIP Intermodal have announced the signing of contracts in the first quarter of 2024 for the supply of 13 third-generation Traxx multi-system locomotives.

They will be approved for use along the European corridor, including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Poland. The units will be produced at Alstom’s site in Kassel, Germany, while the locomotive bodies will be manufactured at Alstom’s facility in Wrocław, Poland. Alstom already maintains almost 600 Traxx locomotives.

Sławomir Cyza, Managing Director of Alstom Polska, said: “The third generation of Traxx locomotives is an investment for a future focused on effective and environmentally conscious intermodal transport.

“The contract with CLIP Intermodal marks our first delivery of locomotives to a domestic, private operator in the European France – Poland corridor. I am convinced that Traxx locomotives will contribute to a further development of a sustainable and low-emission Trans-European Transport Network.”

The third-generation Traxx multi-system locomotives are characterised by high operational efficiency, reliability, energy efficiency and accessible service, and are designed to handle heavier loads compared to other locomotives in the same class.

“Traxx locomotives will contribute to a further development of a sustainable and low-emission Trans-European Transport Network.”

The units will be capable of reaching a top speed of 160km/h and will be equipped with signalling system Onvia (formerly Atlas), Alstom’s onboard solution for the European Train Control System (ETCS).

Agnieszka Hipś, the CEO of CLIP Group S.A, said: “I am convinced that Traxx locomotives will strengthen the position of CLIP Intermodal, contributing to the further development of sustainable and low-emission European transport corridors.

“We focus on intermodal transport as it has huge potential, especially in the context of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The development of this type of transport is also the best response to the challenges that stand in the way of improving network capacity and traffic safety in transport.”

Alstom’s Traxx electric mainline locomotives are compatible with single- or multi-freight and passenger transport, and available in AC, DC and multi-system configurations. They can also be equipped with the “Last Mile” functionality, which allows new operating concepts, such as seamless continuation from line haul traction into non-electrified lines.

The electric mainline locomotives have been approved in 20 countries, covering over 300 million kilometres.

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