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Infrastructure manager DB Netz has signed a seven-year framework agreement with Harsco Rail covering the supply of up 56 catenary maintenance vehicles worth €250m.
There is a firm order for an initial 16 to be delivered from 2022, and seven more are expected to follow two years later.
The ETCS-equipped electro-diesel Utility Track Vehicles will be able to travel at up to 140 km/h when taking power from the 15 kV 16·7 Hz overhead electrification, and will be able to operate in working mode for up to 2 h using battery power.
Harsco said DB Netz was looking to replace its aging fleet with ‘environmentally-friendly, state-of-the-art’ vehicles meeting modern requirements. They will incorporate technologies to reduce emissions and noise, and the air-conditioning units will be cooled using a natural refrigerant.
‘Harsco Rail has significantly invested in Europe to develop market-leading technologies with superior execution capability and to establish a robust supply chain to offer the most innovative Utility Track Vehicles in the market today’, said Harsco Rail President Jeswant Gill when the order was announced on September 16.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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