SNCB Class 18 (Siemens)

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HLE 18, HLE 19
SNCB Loc 1857 R01.jpg
1857 at Brugge-Sint-Pieters railway station.
Type and origin
Power type Electric
Builder Siemens
Model EuroSprinter ES60U3
Build date first 60 : 2008-2010[1]
second 60 : 2010-2011[1]
Specifications
Configuration:
 • UIC Bo'Bo'
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Wheel diameter 1,250 mm (49 in)
Length 19,580 mm (64 ft 3 in)
Loco weight 88 t
Electric system(s) 3,000 V DC
1,500 V DC
25 kV 50 Hz AC
Current source 2 Pantographs (3 kV or 25 kV 50 Hz)
Loco brake disc brakes, rheostatic/regenerative electrical braking
Train brakes pneumatic
Safety systems ETCS 1 and 2, Memor, KVB, TBL1, TBL1+, TBL2[2]
Performance figures
Maximum speed 200 km/h (124 mph)
Power output 25kV AC, or 3kV continuous 5 MW[2]
peak 6MW for 20min.[2]
1.5kV 2.4[2]/2.5[3]/3MW[4][contradictory]
Tractive effort 300 kN @ 0 km/h[2]
250 kN @ 72 km/h[2]
Brakeforce 150 kN max[3]
regenerative braking power 2.4 MW under 3 kV, 5MW under 25kV AC and 3kV DC.[2] rheostatic braking power 2.6MW under 3kV or 1.5kV DC.[2]
Career
Operators SNCB/NMBS
Class HLE 18 & 19[2][5]
Number in class 120[6]
Numbers 1801-1896, 1901-1924 [6]
Delivered 2009-2012[citation needed]
Technical information :[3][4] except where noted
For the original Class 18 built in 1973/4 by Alsthom see SNCB Class 18 (Alsthom)

The SNCB/NMBS HLE 18 (Siemens class ES60U3) are a series of four axle Bo'Bo' multivoltage electric Siemens EuroSprinter locomotives ordered in two batches of sixty in 2006 and 2008.

The locomotives were supplied for use by SNCB/NMBS (Belgian national railways) on passenger services.

96 of the class form the HLE 18 class, 24 units fitted with an automatic central coupler form the SNCB HLE 19 class.[5]

History[edit]

An order for 60 units, value €211 million, was placed in December 2006 for delivery between January 2009 and June 2010.[7][8][9] In December 2008, an option to order 60 more locomotives was exercised for an amount of € 222M, for delivery between June 2010 and April 2012.[10]

The locomotives were ordered to replace SNCB Class 13 and Class 27 locomotives on passenger intercity services.[11]

Locomotive number 1860 was officially presented at InnoTrans in 2008.[3] The first unit, number 1801 was transferred to the Velim railway test circuit for testing in December 2008.[12]

On March 3, 2009, the first unit (roadnumber 1802) was officially delivered to SNCB/NMBS for test and homologation purpose.[13] Homologation issues delayed commercial introduction (originally planned for the summer timeschedule - May 2011),[14] as a result Siemens was obliged to pay the maximum amount of penalties (€ 21.12 million).[15]

In July 2011 the first revenue earning Intercity services ran, under temporary approval.[5] The type received homologation certification for use in Belgium in late 2011.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b SNCB HLE 18-19 www.railcolor.net, "order details"
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Locomotieven type 18 goed onthaald, SNCB (2011), Type 18-19: technische fiche
  3. ^ a b c d "SNCB dual-system loco to be unveiled". Railway Gazette. 23 September 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Locomotives - Reference List (PDF), Siemens, Three-System Universal Locomotive HLE 18, p.6 
  5. ^ a b c SNBC HLE 18-19 (www.railcolor.net), milesstones
  6. ^ a b SNCB HLE 18-19 www.railcolor.net, "fleet list"
  7. ^ "La SNCB commande 60 locomotives électriques chez Siemens" (in French). SNCB Presse. 16 January 2007. 
  8. ^ "Belgian National Railway Company places €211M order with Siemens for 60 locomotives". Siemens Transportation Systems. 18 January 2007. 
  9. ^ "SNCB orders 60 locomotives with Siemens". Infrasite News. 18 January 2007. 
  10. ^ "NMBS koopt nieuwe treinen en locomotieven" (in Dutch). De Standaard. 5 December 2008. 
  11. ^ SNBC HLE 18-19 (www.railcolor.net), purpose
  12. ^ ""Taurus" pro belgické dráhy bude testován ve Velimi" (in Czech). ŽelPage. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  13. ^ "Nieuwe locomotieven NMBS klaar voor testfase" (in Dutch). De Morgen. 4 March 2009. 
  14. ^ "45 nouvelles locomotives de la SNCB inutilisables" (in French). La Dernière Heure. 12 March 2010. 
  15. ^ Amende salée pour Siemens (in French), La Libre, 2 April 2011 
  16. ^ "Locomotives passed homologation", www.europeanrailwayreview.com, 7 November 2011 

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