Switzerland: Re 475

Railway companies: BLS - Bern–Lötschberg–Simplon Railway

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On March 27, 2015, BLS Cargo ordered 15 Vectron locomotives from Siemens for use in international traffic between the Netherlands and Italy. The locomotives are equipped with pantographs, traction equipment, train protection systems, train radio, and other country-specific items to be able to run in 5 countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands.

In the months leading up to the signing of the contract, BLS conducted tests with different types of locomotives to better assess all the options available before proceeding with the purchase. The Prima II built by Alstom was discarded almost immediately because it did not meet the necessary requirements, so that only Bombardier Traxx 3 and Siemens Vectron remained in the race, the latter being the most suitable.

2016

April 29th

The first 2 locomotives are delivered to BLS Cargo: 475 401-6 & 475 402-4.

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2016

June 4th

Re 475 401-6 is presented to the public during the Gottardo 2016 celebrations.

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2016

September

3 more locomotives are delivered: 475 403-2, 475 404-0 & 475 405-7.

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2016

September 19th

The first commercial run.

2017

August

4 more locomotives are delivered: 475 406-5, 475 407-3, 475 408-1 & 475 409-9.

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2017

September

2 more locomotives are delivered: 475 410-7 & 475 411-5.

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2017

November

2 more locomotives are delivered: 475 412-3 & 475 413-1.

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2017

December

The last 2 locomotives are delivered: 475 414-9 & 475 415-6.

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Latest update on the 22nd of June 2018 at 23:26

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