Adaptable for passenger service
Locomotives used for passenger traffic must meet requirements above and beyond those for freight traffic. For example, there must be a guaranteed power supply to the train set, the operation of push-pull trains and train dispatch must also be possible, and there must be approval for operating in long tunnels. And finally, the locomotives must have enough power to operate optimally. Vectron offers a solution for all these requirements.
Speeds from 160 to 200 km/h are no problem
With a standard speed of 160 km/h, the electric variant of Vectron is ideally suited to both freight and regional traffic – using standard equipment, without increased maintenance costs, and without having to sacrifice the high tractive starting effort in freight transport! For cases where deployment in high-speed passenger transport is foreseeable or planned, speeds of up to 200 km/h must be possible. Vectron’s innovative bogie makes reconfiguration easy. To enable maximum fungibility, Vectron can also be ordered pre-equipped for a subsequent upgrade. For these cases, the windscreen necessary for 200 km/h speeds is already included in the delivery.
High-performance variants for regional and intercity traffic
Vectron has the optimal solution for every need. Regional service, which generally has a maximum speed of 160 km/h, requires less power at the wheel rim than high-speed passenger service, with its speeds of up to 200 km/h. With 5,600 kW, the medium-performance class Vectron AC and the Vectron DC are ideal for regional traffic. The Vectron MS and Vectron AC in the high-performance 6,400 kW range are ideal for high-speed passenger service.
Ready for unrestricted tunnel operation
In many countries, high-speed passenger traffic also runs on new and extended lines that often include long tunnels. To operate in these tunnels, trains must meet the requirements for Category B of TSI SRT (Safety in Railway Tunnels). Many of the requirements listed are taken from the TSI HS RST for vehicles in high-speed service. Because Vectron, with its maximum speed of 200 km/h, also falls within this specification, the requirements have already been met right at the outset. Thus, for example, the back wall of the driver’s cab must be able to withstand fire for at least 15 minutes. In addition, locomotives must have a firefighting system. Thanks to its upgradability, Vectron offers maximum future-proofing in this regard, with a minimal initial investment.
Optional passenger information
For passenger service, Vectron has an optional passenger information system that includes a destination display, an option for announcements by railway personnel, and an alarm option for passengers. This functionality is oriented toward rolling stock that is primarily used in Germany. Because of the large number of different communication protocols used in Europe, customizations may be required to meet individual requirements.
Solution for the train power supply
Deployment in passenger service requires a train power supply. In general, electric Vectron locomotives already have such a power supply. The Vectron DE can be optionally equipped with a train power supply, often referred to as train heating equipment (head-end-power). This receives its power from the intermediate circuit of the converter. This enables the electric energy generated by the traction motors during braking to be used to power the train set, thereby saving fuel and protecting the environment.
Modular train control
Vectron is able to use the ZWS procedure for push-pull operation and the ZMS process for multiple traction. In addition, it can be enabled for push-pull operation and multiple traction control with WTB, in accordance with the Austrian remote control concept. TB0, SAT, and TAV are available as dispatch procedures. In passenger service, laterally mounted driving controls are also a valuable aid for the traction unit driver. Ergonomically installed next to the side window, they allow the driver to view the train during departure.