For other uses, see Traxx.
Bombardier TRAXX family (electric)

TRAXX F140 AC1 : Deutsche Bahn AG Class 185
Type and origin
Power type Electric
Builder Bombardier Transportation
Model TRAXX F140 AC
Build date 1996–present
Total produced 1,800 as of 2015
AAR wheel arr. B-B
UIC class Bo'Bo'
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge,
1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in) (Spain and Portugal)
Length 18,900 mm (62 ft 18 in)[1][2][3][4]
Width 2,980 mm (9 ft 9 38 in)[1][2][3][4]
Loco weight 80–85 t (79–84 long tons; 88–94 short tons)[4]
(84–88 t or 83–87 long tons or 93–97 short tons)[5][note 1]
Electric system(s) AC, MS: 15 kV/16.7 Hz,
25 kV/50 Hz AC
DC, MS: 1.5 kV, 3 kV DC
DE: -
Current collection Pantograph
Train brakes Knorr brake (Disc brake), electric brakes
Safety systems ETCS ready
Various European systems
Performance figures
Maximum speed 140 km/h (87 mph) (freight versions), 160 km/h (99 mph) (passenger versions), 200 km/h (124 mph) version also available[4]
Power output Electric: 5.6 MW (7,500 hp)
(1.5 kV: 4.0 MW (5,400 hp))[4]
Diesel: 2.2 MW (3,000 hp)[4]
Tractive effort 270–300 kN (61,000–67,000 lbf)[4]
Locale Europe

Bombardier TRAXX is a modular product platform of electric and Diesel-electric mainline locomotives built by Bombardier Transportation, built in both freight and passenger variants. The first version was a dual voltage AC locomotive built from 2000 for German railways; later versions include DC versions, as well as quadruple voltage machines, able to operate on most European electrification schemes: 1.5/3.0 kV DC and 15/25 kV AC. The family was expanded to include diesel powered versions in 2006. Elements common to all variants include the steel bodyshells, the two bogies with two powered axles each, the three-phase asynchronous induction motors, the cooling exhausts on the roof edges, and the wheel disc brakes.

The TRAXX brand name itself was introduced in 2003. The acronym stands for Transnational Railway Applications with eXtreme fleXibility.[6] Locomotives were primarily made for the railways of Germany, with orders coming from other countries including France, Israel, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, Hungary and South Africa.[7]


AEG 12X, ABB Eco2000 platform

Main article: DBAG Class 128

In the early 1990s, West German federal railway Deutsche Bundesbahn (DB) sought to replace its ageing electric locomotive fleet with a single type. In the previous decade, DB introduced its first universal locomotives with three-phase asynchronous induction motors and two bogies with two powered axles each, the DB Class 120, which had been successful. In 1991, DB requested bids[8] for about 1000 more universal locomotives with an improved design and increased power, the planned DB Class 121. The railway industry began developing new locomotives, but in October 1992, DB cancelled the tender[9] due to the high price of the offers and the changed situation.[8] In 1994, Deutsche Bundesbahn merged with the former East German Deutsche Reichsbahn, creating Deutsche Bahn, bringing over 600 modern DR Class 243 locomotives into the joint locomotive fleet. In addition, the merger coincided with a railway reform, dividing the rolling stock of Deutsche Bahn between its regional passenger, long-distance passenger and freight business areas, making the universal locomotive plans obsolete.[9] From late 1993, the business areas of Deutsche Bahn and their predecessors called new bids for electric locomotives tailored for their specific needs.[8][10]

The competitors for the DB Class 121 included two of the forerunners of Bombardier Transportation: German locomotive manufacturer AEG Schienenfahrzeuge, a part of AEG which was controlled by Daimler-Benz at the time; and ABB Henschel, a German locomotive manufacturing branch of Swedish-Swiss company ABB. Components of both the AEG and ABB concepts were built into the prototypes of the DB Class 120 for trials from late 1991.[9][11] AEG followed up its development effort by building an experimental universal locomotive, the 12X.[12] This locomotive can be considered the predecessor of the TRAXX family. The 12X was delivered in June 1994[13] and, although owned by AEG, was designated Class 128 by DB. The 12X featured several innovations compared to the Class 120,[13] including water-cooled inverters based on GTO thyristors, a new final drive concept with pivot axle bearings on both sides,[14] and a new bogie concept with a short wheelbase of 2,600 mm (102.4 in).[15] The locomotive also had a modular design, allowing the derivation of different versions for different operational needs,[13] and thus it formed AEG's basis to compete for the new orders of Deutsche Bahn's business areas.[8][10] Meanwhile, ABB developed its own design of a modular electric locomotive platform, the Eco2000 concept.[8] ABB's concept included a version of its Flexifloat high-speed bogie family with a wheelbase of 2,650 mm (104.3 in); and biodegradable ester cooled inverters with GTO thyristors and an also ester cooled main transformer,[11] which can be considered the origin of the inverters and transformer of the first generation of TRAXX locomotives.

The 12X was later used as testbed for new technologies, becoming the first locomotive in the world with IGBT based converters in 1997[16][17] and testing the MITRAC traction control electronics from 1998.[16] Both of these technologies would later find their commercial application in TRAXX locomotives.

DBAG Class 145 family, Adtranz Octeon platform

In November 1994, Deutsche Bahn chose ABB and AEG for two of its orders: ABB was to deliver 145 express locomotives for DB's long-distance business area DB Fernverkehr, the DBAG Class 101, while AEG was to supply DB's freight business area DB Cargo with eighty locomotives for medium-weight freight trains, the DBAG Class 145.[18]

The original Class 145 design was a cheaper derivative of the 12X, leaving away components for higher speeds, including hollow-shaft drives, which were replaced by simpler axle hung drives.[19] In January 1996, ABB and Daimler-Benz merged their railway business areas into a joint venture, ADtranz.[20] The final design of the locomotive was adapted for more commonalities with the DBAG Class 101.[19] The biodegradable[18] ester cooled inverters with GTO thyristors and the also ester cooled main transformer of the DBAG Class 145 was derived from those of the DBAG Class 101, but with less components for the lower maximum power, providing for individual bogie control rather than individual axle control.[19] The bogie design was also adapted and merged into the ABB-originated Flexifloat family, with wheelbase increased to 2,650 mm (104.3 in).[19] Due to the shared features, the Class 145 was sometimes described as a member of the Eco2000 family.[19]

Adtranz rolled out the first Class 145 in July 1997.[19] In addition, 17 identical locomotives were built for lease to private railways. A further six locomotives were built for the Swiss railway MittelThurgauBahn.[21]

In March 1998, Adtranz announced its intent to consolidate its product range into seven modular product platforms.[22][23] The electric locomotive platform with the brand name "Octeon" was to be based on Adtranz's newest types for Germany (the Class 145 and Class 101).[22] Adtranz originally intended to introduce Octeon types alongside existing products,[22] and applied the name to its new products outside Germany at the end of the nineties, like the FS Class E464[24] or the heavy-haul locomotive Iore.[25] The GTO thyristor based converters of these locomotives were from the water-cooled Camilla family,[24] which was developed by ABB as successor for the oil-cooled converters in the SBB-CFF-FFS Re 460.[26] The Octeon brand name did not catch on and was abandoned when Bombardier acquired Adtranz in 2001.

Between 2000 and 2002, a version of the DBAG Class 145 for passenger trains, with hollow shaft final drive and a higher top speed of 160 km/h, was produced for DB's regional business area DB Regio.[3] The top of the front of the carbodies was modified to provide space for a flip-disc display.[27] These locomotives were given the designation DBAG Class 146.0.

Although the production of the DBAG Class 145 ended by the time Bombardier bought Adtranz in 2001, and even the production of the Class 146.0 locomotives ended by the time the TRAXX brand name was introduced in 2003, in Bombardier's own publications, the Class 145 was included in the TRAXX F140 AC,[28] the Class 146.0 in the TRAXX P160 AC type.[29] The still in-production FS Class E464 got the designation TRAXX P160 DCP,[30] while TRAXX H80 AC was applicable to the Iore class,[31] however, these then still in production types were excluded from the TRAXX family in publications after 2007.[32]

DBAG Class 185 family, Bombardier TRAXX platform

In July 1998, Adtranz received a follow-on order for 400 more locomotives for medium-weight freight trains, the DBAG Class 185.[33] The double voltage Class 185 was meant for international operation, and was also dubbed Europalok.[33] The basic concept of the running gear, the axle hung motors, the ester cooled inverters and transformer was maintained from the Class 145.[34] In addition to the electronics for double voltage operation, modifications included the provision for the installation of the full variety of train protection systems in use in Europe, and the lowering of the roof by 105 mm to fit the vehicle in the international UIC 505-1 loading gauge.[34][35]

In 2001 Bombardier bought Adtranz, thus acquiring locomotive building technology. Under Bombardier, the Class 185 was developed into a family like that of the Class 145, with private railway and passenger (DBAG Class 146.1) versions. In May 2003, Bombardier also received an order for a quadruple system version from the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).[36]

In September 2003, Bombardier gave the Class 185 family a brand name, TRAXX, intended to allude to the terms 'traction', 'track' and 'attraction'.[37] The acronym stands for Transnational Railway Applications with eXtreme fleXibility.[6] The first letter of TRAXX type designations provides for differentiation according to the area of application, with F for freight and P for passenger.[31] The original system also tentatively included H for heavy-haul and S for high-speed,[31] but no actual vehicles were delivered under this designation. The number following the first letter indicates the top speed of the locomotive in kilometers per hour.[31] The next two letters indicate the supply system, with AC for alternating current electric locomotives, DC for direct current electric locomotives, MS for multi-system locomotives capable of operating both under AC and DC overhead wires, and DE was foreseen from the start for an eventual Diesel-electric version.[31] An extra P letter at the end was to designate powerheads (traction heads), that is locomotives with one driving cabin for push-pull operation.[31] An also optional number at the end designates different versions,[31] later used for the designation of generations.

In the new system, the factory designation of the DBAG Class 185 and its sisters with other railways became TRAXX F140 AC, that of the DBAG Class 146.1 TRAXX P160 AC, and that of the planned quadruple voltage SBB locomotive TRAXX F140 MS.

When Bombardier introduced the first TRAXX 2 types, the original family was also designated TRAXX 1,[6] and the number 1 was added at the end of the type designation of first-generation locomotives still in delivery.

TRAXX 2 and TRAXX 2E platforms

In 2004, the basic TRAXX design was subjected to a major overhaul, with the carbody and the front redesigned to suit current crashworthiness standards, and the replacement of GTO thyristor based inverters with IGBT based inverters.[38] The option of individual axle control in place of individual bogie control was also introduced.[27] The coolant of the inverters and the main transformer was also changed from ester to water.[27] The carbody design was completely standardised, by default providing a space for the mounting of a flip-disc display above the windshield, which is covered by a non-structural hood in freight versions.[27] The bogie frame was strengthened, to allow an increase of axle loads to 22 tons.[27] This generation of the family is also referred to as the TRAXX 2 platform,[6][39] and is sometimes also indicated with a number 2 at the end of the type designations.[40]

The TRAXX carbody design and internal configuration was modified again in 2006 when the first actual Diesel-electric version was built, to provide the same layout for Diesel and electric versions.[38] In the electric versions, the central location of the diesel engine was used for the AC transformer or the DC chokes. The weight of the component at the central location is supported on a horizontal mounting plate that fits onto the main frame using the same fixtures.[38] This generation of the family is also referred to as the TRAXX 2E platform,[6] the type designations themselves didn't change.[41] The TRAXX 2E generation also included the first actual deliveries of the DC versions of the TRAXX platform.[41] The AC version of the TRAXX 2 remained in production in parallel with the 2E versions of other types.[42]

Traxx Africa

In March 2014 Transnet ordered 240 dual-voltage 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) Traxx Africa locomotives, to be built in South Africa.[7]


All TRAXX locomotives are assembled and tested at Bombardier's plant in Kassel Germany, except the DC only versions which are assembled at Vado Ligure and some RENFE Class 253, which have been assembled by RENFE in its shop in Villaverde (Madrid).

The individual components are sourced from a variety of sites:[4]

TRAXX dual voltage AC versions

TRAXX F140 AC / P160 AC

TRAXX F140 AC, DB Class 185
Type and origin
Power type Electric
Build date F140 AC / P160 AC : 1999-January 2006[44]
TRAXX F140 AC2 / P160 AC2 :
Total produced F140 AC1: 312[44]
P140 AC1: 20[44]
P160 AC1: 42[44]
Total: 377[44]
F140 AC2 : 300+
P160 AC2 : 68
Grand Total : 745+
Loco weight 84 t (83 long tons; 93 short tons)[44] (82 t or 81 long tons or 90 short tons)[4][note 1]
Electric system(s) 15 kV 16⅔ Hz AC, 25 kV/50 Hz AC
Current collection Pantograph
Performance figures
Maximum speed F140 AC / F 140 AC2 : 140 km/h (87 mph)
P160 AC : 160 km/h (99 mph)[44]
P140 AC (for CFL) : 140 km/h (87 mph)[45]
Tractive effort 300 kN (67,000 lbf)[1][2]
Power class 5.6 MW (7,500 hp)


The TRAXX F140 AC operates on AC overhead lines. They can work under both the 15 kV/16.7 Hz and the 25 kV/50 Hz AC systems. As built they are configured for future ETCS / ERTMS train control and safety systems.[1]

The 200 units built between 2001 and 2003 for Deutsche Bahn were classified as DBAG Class 185, or DBAG Class 185.1 once production switched to the TRAXX F140 AC2 design.[46] A further 57 units were built for various European leasing companies, and were classified in Germany as Class 185.5.

Another 35 units were produced for the freight business area of the Swiss Federal Railways, SBB Cargo (SBB Re482), and 20 units for Swiss private railway BLS AG (BLS Re485). The Swiss locomotives differ from the German versions in details such as pantographs (2 more, with smaller contacts for running in tunnels) and Switzerland specific safety systems in addition to the German systems.[47][48]


Main article: CFL Class 4000

In Luxembourg CFL operates 20 locomotives.


The TRAXX P160 AC is the passenger version of this class, with a correspondingly higher top speed of 160 km/h. A lower unsprung mass was achieved by using hollow shaft final drives instead of the axle hung motor arrangement of the 140 km/h maximum speed versions. The bogies and drive unit are the same as used in the DBAG Class 146.0.[3]

In Germany, DB Regio acquired 32 units between 2003 and 2005, where they are designated DBAG Class 146.1.

Additionally, (Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen mbH (LVNG), (Hannover) ) has 10 units which are leased to the railway company metronom (operating as ME146).[49]


An F140 AC2 with a goods train near Königswinter, 2013.

The first AC member of the TRAXX 2 family, which featured carbodies with improved crashworthiness and water-cooled IGBT-based inverters, was the demonstrator loco 185 561, delivered in May 2004. It was produced ahead of the main tranche of TRAXX F140 AC2 locomotives for homologation of the class in Germany.

Another demonstrator TRAXX F140 AC2, 185 568 was used for tests on the then new HSL-Zuid in 2006. Subsequently, it was used for tests of the ETCS system.

Both demonstrator locomotives were eventually sold to private operators for normal use.

The remaining 200 of the 400 Class 185 freight locomotives ordered for DB Cargo where to be of this type, and the new versions were given the subclass designation DBAG Class 185.2. Since this large order represented the main body of production at Bombardier's Kassel plant, any further private orders for the AC locomotives would be included into the F140AC2 production line - thus the original F140 AC type effectively ceased production when the production of DB Cargo's (by then renamed Railion) Class 185.2 began.

The locomotives operated by SBB Cargo are designated Re482.2.


Alongside the F140 AC2 locomotives, the passenger versions received the same improvements. DB Regio received 47 units between 2005 and 2006; as with the freight version the '.2' subclass was used to distinguish these new versions - the Deutsche Bahn locomotives being classified as Class 146.2, following on from the Class 146. A number of smaller orders have been received, including more units for the metronom railway - procured via LNVG. DB Fernverkehr, the German Railways branch which operates Intercity services, ordered 27 more Class 146.2 locos on 12 January 2011. The locos will start service in December 2013.[50]

Operators and leasing companies

As of 2010, production of the AC2 versions is still ongoing, with the DB Schenker order expected to be completed in late 2009. Along with German companies the AC locomotives have orders from Scandinavian countries and from Hungary – where the Hungarian State railways (MÁV) (Magyar Államvasutak) has placed an order for 25 (and optional 25) P160 AC2 machines.

Type Operator Number Delivery date Class Notes
TRAXX F140 AC[44] DB Cargo (then Railion, inherited by DB Schenker) 200 2001–2003 185.1 Part of an order of 400, the second batch of 200 were produced as TRAXX F140 AC2 (DBAG Class 185.2)[51] Parts of the class are fitted for operations into Switzerland/Austria/France[52]
SBB Cargo 35 2002–2003 Re482
BLS AG 20 2002-2004
Re485 10 ordered by BLS Lötschbergbahn AG, after merger with Regionalverkerh Mittelland (RM) to form BLS AG; a further 10 locomotives
CB Rail 3 185.5 Leasing company, formerly Porterbrook All leased to Veolia Cargo Deutschland GmbH (formerly Connex[53]
Angel Trains cargo 34 185.5 Leasing company
MRCE 11 185.5 Leasing company Some equipped to operate in France
Rail4Chem 8 185.5
ITL Eisenbahngesellschaft 1 185.5
TRAXX P140 AC CFL 20 4000 Units for passenger and freight work – top speed of 140 km/h, also fitted with the necessary equipment for passenger trains.[45]
TRAXX P160 AC DB Regio 32 2003–2005 146.1
LNVG 10 ME146 Leased to the railway company metronom[49]
TRAXX F140 AC2 Railion
since Sept. 2007
DB Schenker[54]
199 2004- 185.2 From 185-205 onwards following locomotives were delivered with DB logistics logos, from 185-360 onwards locomotives were delivered in DB Schenker livery[54]
185-321 to 185-337 fitted for work in Sweden via Denmark for subsidiary Railion Denmark[54]
SBB Cargo[55] 15 2006 Re482.2 For operations in Germany, Switzerland and after 9/2006 Austria. Order included second-hand former Bombardier demonstrator loco 185-561[55]
MRCE 11 2005/6 185.2 For use in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Angel Trains cargo[56] 25+ 2006- 185.2 Leasing company, customers include HGK. Most for work in Germany–Austria, also Switzerland, Hungary.[56]
10 2009 CE119 or El 19 Leasing customer CargoNet, locomotive go in Norway and Sweden.
CBRail 16 2007–2009 241 Leasing/finance company. Customers include HGK
HectorRail[57] 10 2007–2009 241 For operations in Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Fleet includes former ETCS test machine 185-568. Units also leased. 241-004 named R2D2[57]
ITL Eisenbahngesellschaft[58] 1 2005 185.5 ITL 185-562, for use in Germany and Austria
Green Cargo 22 2010 Re 16 units for operation between central and northern Sweden, 6 for operation between Germany and Sweden through Denmark
(Orders still ongoing as of 2009)
17 2007- hvle 2 units, Eurocom 2 units for Hungary as Class 481, Beacon Rail 12 units for leasing.
TRAXX P160 AC2 DB Regio[59] 47 2005–2006 146.2
DB Fernverkehr 27 2013–2014 146.2
MÁV 25 2011–2012 480 001-025
LNVG[59] 17 2005–2007 ME146/2 Acquired by LVNG for metronom railway company in Germany
now Veolia[59]
4 2006 146.5 Initially acquired for Nord-Ostsee-Bahn, since transferred to Veolia Deutschland GmbH and used by Regionalbahn Bitterfeld-Berlin GmbH and others including freight work for Veolia Cargo Deutschland

TRAXX AC/DC versions

Type and origin
Power type Electric
Build date F140 MS : 2004-
Total produced 220+
Loco weight 85 t (84 long tons; 94 short tons)[4][60][61][note 1]
Electric system(s) 15 kV/16.7 Hz, 25 kV/50 Hz AC;
1.5 kV, 3 kV DC[60]
Current collection Pantograph
Performance figures
Maximum speed F140 MS : 140 km/h (87 mph)
Tractive effort 300 kN (67,000 lbf)[60]
Power class 5.6 MW (7,500 hp)[60]
(4.0 MW or 5,400 hp on
1.5 kV supply)[61]


NMBS/SNCB Class 28 multi-system TRAXX with InterCity Amsterdam - Brussels
NS E 186 014, in use as of 2014

The first multi-system TRAXX unit that could operate under AC and DC electrified catenaries, SBB Re484 001, was introduced at the same time 185 561 was introduced as demonstrator locomotive for the F140 AC2 type. In addition to the 15 kV/16.7 Hz and 25 kV/50 Hz AC supplies, the new model could also be operated under 3 kV DC overhead electrification.[27] Later models also supported a 1.5 kV DC supply. This locomotive for SBB was also the first TRAXX variant with individual axle control in place of individual bogie control.[27] The general type name given by Bombardier was TRAXX F140 MS.[60]

Apart from the different pantographs, electrical systems for DC operation, the F140 MS types are identical to the contemporary dual voltage versions. However, under 1.5 kV DC, the maximum available power is limited to 4.0 MW, although this does not affect the maximum tractive effort, which is limited by other factors. As a consequence of the additional equipment required, the locomotives weigh approximately 1 tonne more than their dual voltage relatives.[note 1]

The locomotives are designed for cross border operations; the addition of 1.5 kV and 3 kV DC operability potentially allows the locomotives to operate in Poland and Italy. In practice the delivered locomotives were used for work into Switzerland and Italy, and equipped with either the Italian safety system SCMT or ETCS.

Post 2006 many more of these multi-system locomotives were produced, this time with some for use in the Benelux countries, as well as France and Poland, with further units being produced for Swiss/Italian traffic. In Poland, locomotives used by PKP Cargo have been designated as the EU43 class. Units hired from Angel Trains cargo to SNCB (Belgium) have also received the class number SNCB Class 28

As of 2009 production of the multi-system locomotives is still ongoing.

Type Operator Number Delivery date Class Notes
TRAXX F140 MS SBB Cargo[61][62] 18+3 2004/6 Re484 First order for the multi-system locomotives. Units fitted with Swiss and Italian safety systems only. Initial units fitted with Integra, ZUB262, and RS4 Codici safety systems, later all fitted with ETCS and SCMT safety systems.[63]
MRCE 5 2006 Re484 Leasing company locomotives. Only homologated and fitted with safety systems for Italy and Switzerland. Numbered Re484.901 onwards.
(post 2006 version)
Angel Trains cargo[64] 105 2006- E 186
also EU43 (PL)
and SNCB Class 28 (BE)
Leasing company. Locomotives delivered and certified for a variety of operations - some for (NL/DE/AT/CH/IT or DE/PL or DE/AT/NL/BE. Others certified for 160 km/h operations on HSL-Zuid.[64]
6 on long term lease to PKP Cargo (Poland) - designated as class EU43 numbers EU43 001 to EU43 006.[64][65][66] Also as SNCB Class 28 in Belgium.
CBrail[67] 35 2007- E 186 Leasing company. Version built for either operations via Germany to the Low countries, Poland, or Italy (trans-alpine)
EuroCargoRail 20 2008- E 186 For work in France, also to Germany via Belgium
BLS Cargo 10 2008- Re484 For transalpine routes via Italy/Austria/Switzerland/Germany
Nederlandse Spoorwegen 45 2015- E 186 For work in Netherlands(Intercity Service and HSL-Zuid (160 km/h)) and Belgium
others 30+ 2008/9+ ITL Eisenbahngesellschaft 2 units, Veolia 6 units, Railpool more than 20 on order[68]

TRAXX DC versions

TRAXX F140 DC and
TRAXX F160 DC[69]

RENFE 253.057 at Zaragoza (Aragon)
Type and origin
Power type Electric
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in) (Spain)
Loco weight 81 t (80 long tons; 89 short tons)[4][note 1]
Electric system(s) 3 kV DC Catenary
Current collection Pantograph
Performance figures
Power output 5.6 MW (7,500 hp)
Tractive effort 300 kN (67,000 lbf)

Once Bombardier completed the first TRAXX F140 MS, a single-voltage version for DC overhead wires could be produced cost effectively by leaving away the AC equipment of a multi-system locomotive, and Bombardier began seeking a launch customer in 2004.[27] In 2005, Angel Trains cargo placed an order for 10 DC electric locomotives with Bombardier. The first machine, designated E483 001, was produced in August 2006 at Bombardier's plant in Kassel.

Later machines were built at Bombardier's plant in Vado Ligure in Italy, which has become the official site for production of DC versions of the TRAXX locomotives.[70]

The weight of the TRAXX F140 DC is slightly reduced compared to the AC machines which require a particularly heavy high-voltage transformer for use with the low 16.7 Hz frequency of the 15 kV AC system. The machines are built to the same specifications as the rest of the TRAXX family, but only have equipment for 3kV DC - making them suitable for internal work in Italy, Spain and Poland. If necessary the machines can be rebuilt for multi-system use.[38][70]

Renfe Mercancías, the freight division of Renfe Operadora ordered 100 locomotives for freight use to be designated RENFE Class 253; these are the first TRAXX locomotives to be built to anything other than standard gauge.

Additionally Trenitalia cargo has ordered 42 locomotives for freight use, which will be operated at up to 160 km/h.

Type Operator Number Delivery date Class Notes
TRAXX F140 DC Angel Trains cargo[70] 10+10 2006-7
E483 Leasing company
others 19 2008-2012 E 483 series Nordcargo (DB Schenker Rail) (5+3 units), Ferrovia Emilia Romagna (FER) (2 units), Sistemi Territoriali (2 units), GTS (3+2 units), APS Savona (2 units). All for Italian operations.[71]
Iberian gauge
Renfe Operadora[72] 100 2007–2010 Class 253 55 machines to be built at Vado Ligure, the remaining 45 to be assembled from parts at Villaverde (nr. Madrid). These machines have headlights above cab window and roof mounted air-conditioning.[72]
COMSA Rail Transport 3 2009 Class 253 In September 2009, these units were outshopped in Vado Ligure, Italy, and transported to Spain.
TRAXX F160 DC Trenitalia cargo[69] 42[69] ? ? Freight locomotives with top speed of 160 km/h.[69]
TRAXX P160 DC Koleje Mazowieckie 11 2011 E 583 For push&pull Bombardier Double-deck Coaches

TRAXX diesel versions


metronom TRAXX P160 DE locomotive
Type and origin
Power type Diesel
Build date 2006–present
Total produced 21+
Loco weight 80 t (79 long tons; 88 short tons)[4][note 1]
Fuel capacity 4,000 l (880 imp gal; 1,100 US gal)[4]
Engine type MTU 16V 4000 R41L
Performance figures
Maximum speed 140 or 160 or 200 km/h (87 or 99 or 124 mph)[4] (depending on configuration)
Power output 2.2 MW (3,000 hp)[4]
Tractive effort 270 kN (61,000 lbf)[4]

The diesel version of the TRAXX platform was introduced with the 2E version of the TRAXX platform. In the diesel version, the fuel tank occupies the same space as the transformer in the electric versions, centrally and below the main frame members. Installed motor power is 2.2MW.[4] The diesel and electric TRAXX locomotives share the same driver cabin and control desk, body, bogies, and drive system.[73] The maximum tractive effort is slight reduced by 30 kN to 270 kN due to the lower power of the diesel engine.

The first order for the diesel passenger version (designated as Class 246, Bombardier's designation TRAXX P160 DE) came from metronom via the leasing company LNVG. The company already used TRAXX electric locomotives and required locomotives for the non-electrified Hamburg-Cuxhaven line. 11 locomotives were ordered in 2005, delivery would take place in 2007. The first three engines were built in 2006 for type certification, with one machine being presented officially at the InnoTrans 2006 railfair;[74] they were in service by late 2007.[75]

Leasing company CBrail was the first to order the freight version (as Class 285, Bombardier's designation TRAXX F140 DE) in 2006, the first locomotive was delivery in mid-2007, and had been certified for use by 2008.[76] On 5 December 2008, SNCF Fret placed an order for 45 TRAXX F140 DE locomotives, the order being valued at 160 million Euros.[77] The class are to be designated as SNCF Class BB 476000.[78] The contract includes an option for a further 35 locomotives.[79]

In April 2011 DB Regio awarded Bombardier a framework agreement for up to 200 Traxx DE Multi-Engine locomotives worth a total of €600m; an initial 20 locomotives will be delivered from mid-2013 at a cost of €62m.[80] These genset locomotives will have four 540 kW (720 hp) diesel engines in place of one large engine, with the aim of reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions because the engines can be shut down when not needed.[80]

Type Operator Number Delivery date Class Notes
TRAXX P160 DE LNVG[75] 11 2007 246 Acquired by LNVG for use by metronom
TRAXX F140 DE CBrail[76] 10 2008 285 Leasing company, Operators include HVLE, ITL Eisenbahngesellschaft
Akiem /SNCF[78] 45 SNCF BB 476000 Order of 80, with last 35 as an option.
TRAXX DE ME DB Regio[80] 20 2013 245 Options for total of 200

TRAXX dual-mode version

On 10 May 2011, Bombardier announced a new TRAXX electro-diesel model, dubbed the "Last Mile Diesel," that combined a standard AC propulsion system with a diesel engine to power the locomotive in light-duty applications such as operating on non-electrified sidings or yards.[81] The design was based on Bombardier's experience with building the ALP-45DP.[81] At the time the new model was introduced, a launch order for five units was announced by Railpool, which had signed the order in late 2010.[81]

See also

A number of other locomotives built by Bombardier have been derived from or share some technical features with the TRAXX platform:

References and notes


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Sources vary on the mass of the locomotives, with the builders documentation also giving contradictory data. The relative masses are constant -with the diesel and DC versions being the lightest, the AC version weighing more, and the AD/DC version being the heaviest


  1. 1 2 3 4 TRAXX AC F140 - Germany Archived 14 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. 1 2 3 TRAXX F140 AC - Switzerland (SBB) Archived 7 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. 1 2 3 4 TRAXX P160 AC - Germany Archived 7 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 TRAXX 4 environment Archived 7 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
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  19. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Wenzel, Berndt (January–February 1998). "BAUREIHE 145. Die neue Mehrzweck-Ellok für die DB AG". BahnProfil (in German) (4): 55–60. Die beiden Adtranz-Elloks, die Baureihe 101 und die Baureihe 145, sind heute Teile der Lokomotivfamilie Eco2000 in zukunftssicherer Modulbauweise auf der Basis erprobter Baugruppen. Die Baureihe 145 ist eigentlich als Variante der fortschrittlicheren Baureihe 128 (12X) geplant worden, aber im Laufe ihrer Entwicklung auf Kundenwunsch immer mehr der Baureihe 101 angepaßt worden. Die Entwicklungschritte der 12X sind dabei dennoch berücksichtigt worden. ...Haupttransformator und Stromrichter in Esterkühlung sind konzeptionell von den Loks der Baureihe 101 übernommen und an die geringere Leistung angepasst.
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  53. CBRail 185.1 series
  54. 1 2 3 DB Schenker 185.2 series
  55. 1 2 SBB Cargo Re482.2 series
  56. 1 2 Angel Trains Cargo 185.2 series
  57. 1 2 HectorRail 241 series
  58. ITL 185 562
  59. 1 2 3 Locomotives for alternating current voltage systems - AC2
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  61. 1 2 3 Multi System locomotives - MS
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  64. 1 2 3 Angel Trains Cargo E186 series
  65. Pierwszy rozkładowy pociąg PKP CARGO obsługiwany lokomotywą TRAXX wjechał do Niemiec The first scheduled train using a PKP CARGO TRAXX locomotive has arrived in Germany
  66. TRAXX EU43-001 przybył, czyli nowe otwarcie PKP CARGO S.A. Traxx EU43-001 has arrived, opening up new opportunities for PKP CARGO SA
  67. CBRail E186 series
  68. Bombardier Transportation Wins Contracts From Railpool to Supply 58 BOMBARDIER TRAXX Locomotives
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  72. 1 2 Renfe Mercancias S/253: Introduction
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  75. 1 2 LNVG 246 series
  76. 1 2 CBRail 285 series
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  78. 1 2 SNCF Fret BB 76000: introduction
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