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Dortmunder Eisenbahn takes delivery of first Vectron Dual Mode locomotive
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  • Locomotives News
  • 15. December 2022
  • Press Release | Alpha Trains

Captrain deploys innovative hybrid locomotives in the Ruhr region

Dortmunder Eisenbahn takes delivery of first Vectron Dual Mode locomotive

Dortmund/Antwerp, 15. December 2022 - Dortmunder Eisenbahn GmbH (DE), a company of the Captrain Deutschland Group and Dortmunder Hafen AG, today took delivery of a new Vectron Dual Mode locomotive from Siemens. This locomotive is leased from the locomotive lessor Alpha Trains.

Two more locomotives of this series will be delivered to Dortmund at the beginning of the year. Thanks to their dual drive, the mainline dual-power locomotives can be used on electrified and non-electrified lines. By using modern rolling stock, Captrain increases rail productivity and continuously reduces CO2 emissions.

In cooperation with Alpha Trains, the Captrain Deutschland Group is investing further in sustainable rail logistics and will thus be able to react even more flexibly to customer requirements in the future. From January 2023, the new dual-mode locomotive will commute five times a week between Mühlheim an der Ruhr to Brake (Unterweser) near Bremen to transport large pipes from Europipe′s plant to the inland port in Lower Saxony. The two additional locomotives, which are to be delivered in January, will further strengthen Dortmunder Eisenbahn’s fleet. With a length of just under 20 metres and a maximum traction power at wheel rim of 2,400 kW in e-mode and 2,000 kW in diesel mode, the 4-axle vehicles can reach a top speed of up to 160 km/h. On electrified lines, they can be operated at a contact wire voltage of 15kV. Their maximum starting tractive effort is 300 kN.

The locomotive was ceremonially handed over by Stephan Wegert, Commercial Manager of Alpha Trains, to the Managing Directors of Dortmunder Eisenbahn GmbH, Jan Läzer and Dr. Roland Kitschler. at the Siemens Rail Service Center in Munich-Allach. "With the first dual-power locomotive at Dortmunder Eisenbahn, Captrain is strengthening its position as a reliable logistics partner for industrial customers in the Ruhr region who want to make their supply chain even more flexible and lower in emissions," said Jan Läzer, Managing Director of Dortmunder Eisenbahn.

The Captrain Deutschland Group has a fleet of more than 200 locomotives. In recent years, in particular innovative dual-power locomotives have been added to the fleet. As of December 2022, the Captrain Deutschland Group operates thirteen dual-power locomotives and is steadily expanding its portfolio. In 2023, additional eight Stadler Eurodual and Siemens Vectron dual mode locomotives will be added. With this strategy, Captrain is making another contribution to further expanding the sustainability of the most environmentally friendly mode of transport.

About Alpha Trains

Alpha Trains is the leading rolling stock lessor in Europe. A total of 130 employees from 17 countries work in offices in Luxembourg, Antwerp, Cologne, Madrid, Paris and Warsaw. Alpha Trains owns more than 950 locomotives and passenger trains and offers tailor-made leasing solutions, comprehensive know-how in maintenance and vehicle repairs as well as long-term experience in the financing of new-build projects. Alpha Trains’ fleets are in use at many public and private operators in 22 European countries. Alpha Trains′ shareholders are APG, Arcus European Trains, PGGM and Swiss Life.

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About Captrain

Captrain Deutschland is one of the leading rail logistics companies in Germany and Europe. Whether international traction services, factory rail operations or transport concepts individually tailored to the processes of its customers: Captrain Deutschland offers innovative, customised and efficient logistics solutions. With operating locations in Germany, the Neth-erlands and Poland, licences in Austria and the Czech Republic as well as affiliated companies in Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain, Captrain Deutschland has a nationwide presence and is always close to its customers. In 2021, the Captrain Deutschland Group achieved a turnover of 270 million Euros with 1,163 employees.

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