Belgium’s SNCB orders 50 Electric Locomotives from Alstom

Feb. 3, 2022
The new locomotives are designed for use with the electrified rail systems in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany

Alstom will deliver 50 third-generation electric Traxx locomotives to Belgium’s Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Belges (SNCB) for its passenger services.

Deliveries are expected to start in 2026. The first order is worth EUR 120 million and covers manufacturing, design and the homologation of 24 electric locomotives.

With higher energy efficiency, these third-generation Traxx locomotives can run at 200 km/h and provide increased flexibility. The maintenance intervals of the locomotives have been extended by 33%.

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The new Traxx locomotive was designed at Alstom’s Mannheim site and manufactured at the site of Kassel (Germany). The Siegen site (Germany) has provided the bogies and the Wroclaw (Poland) site has manufactured the body structures.

Alstom Benelux Managing Director Bernard Belvaux said, “The Traxx locomotive is the most sustainable mobility solution in its category and can boast proven reliability and an optimised maintenance cycle.”

The new locomotives will be used for domestic and cross-border journeys in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany. The locomotives have been designed for use with the electrification systems across the countries and are equipped with an ETCS signalling system. 

More than 2,400 Traxx units have sold around the world, and covering some 300 million kilometers. Within the Benelux service territory, nearly 280 of the locomotives are already in service.