Siemens wins Chinese freight locomotive order

World’s most powerful series-production freight locomotive for China

Erlangen, Germany – Siemens Transportation Systems will team up with its Chinese partner CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive CO., LTD (ZELC) to build 500 electric freight locomotives for Chinese railway. A corresponding contract calling for the supply of components and worth over 334 million euros has just been signed by Siemens and its Chinese partner.

The new locomotive represents the world’s most powerful series-production locomotive. It will be designed with an output rating of 9.6 megawatts — equal to the combined performance of 35 trucks — and put about 50 percent more power on the rails than the most powerful locomotives in Central Europe at present. With six axles and weighing up to 150 metric tones, resulting in an axle load of 25 tons, this freight locomotive will be able to operate at a top speed of 120 km/h. The first units are due to enter service at the beginning of 2009. The project planning work for the drive system of the Chinese freight locomotives will be performed in Germany at the Siemens locations in Erlangen and Nuremberg, where the most important traction components will also be manufactured. The complete locomotives are to be built at ZELC’s plant in Zhuzhou, China.

“This is the third freight locomotive order we’ve received from China since 1997, making us the most successful foreign supplier in this sector. Just the other day, only two locomotives which we had recently delivered were able to haul a 20,000-ton train instead of the four units previously required. All this proves that our products can compete successfully in this hotly contested market,” said Jörn F. Sens, Executive Vice President of Siemens Transportation Systems.

The Transportation Systems Group (TS) of Siemens AG is one of the leading international suppliers to the railway industry. As single-source supplier and system integrator, the Group combines in its business segments Automation & Power, Rolling Stock, Turnkey Systems and Integrated Services all the expertise necessary to cover the spectrum from signaling and control systems to traction power supplies, as well as rolling stock for mass transit, regional and main line services. Extensive experience in project management and forward-looking service concepts complement our portfolio. In fiscal 2006 (ended September 30), TS generated sales of around €4.5 billion with around 18,800 employees worldwide. Further information on TS can be found at

Auteur: Redactie Infrasite

Bron: Siemens AG, Transportation Systems (TS)