At the same time the company is preparing up to 23 locomotives for use in Scandinavia, equipping them with automated train security systems. These multi-system units will ensure that trains can travel seamlessly between Germany, Denmark and Sweden, with no need to change locomotives at the borders. Every year more than 6m tonnes of goods are carried by rail between Sweden and Germany, and Railion and Green Cargo currently operate a fleet of thirteen EG 3100 multi-system locomotives on the corridor.
“We expect to achieve a significant market advantage from this investment,” said Dr Klaus Kremper, chairman of Railion Group. “The use of these locomotives will enable us to streamline our operations at the system interfaces in Padborg and MalmÃ¶, doing away with tedious border processes. This means that we can offer customers a better quality of service in terms of punctuality and reliability.”
Of the joint venture agreement, Dr Kremper added: “We are sending a clear signal to the market. The entire Scandinavia corridor can now be served by a single company. And to this end, the partners of the three countries will be making substantial investments.”