Global crisis highlights the versatile and reliable TRAXX locomotive platform’s contribution to Europe's rail freight transport capacity
The COVID-19 virus has taken over headlines and the world’s attention. One of the major challenges now facing governments and agencies is how to meet people's daily needs and keep essential goods and supplies moving in a time of strict border controls. Bombardier’s products are rising to the challenge, as this difficult environment highlights the versatility and reliability of our, and its importance to Europe's rail freight transport capacity.
Today, the nearly 2,000 TRAXX locomotives currently in operation account for about 50 per cent of the modern electric locomotives in Europe.
"In addition to important raw materials, freight rail also transports food and essential medical products," says a charter issued on March 26 by many rail transport associations, including those operating throughout Europe.
Vital industries like energy, chemicals, and emergency services as well as seaports, all depend on rail freight transport's capacity to bundle and efficiently move the goods they need to do their jobs.
In the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic, locomotive transport offers the added advantage of being less-affected by quarantines and anti-entry regulations. Instead of 50 trucks and 50 truck drivers crossing a border, a single TRAXX locomotive driver hands over the shipment to his colleague at the border, limiting person-to-person contact while reducing the strain on road and border infrastructure and personnel.
Another way our TRAXX locomotive platform is helping prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus is with its innovative switching to shunting locomotives, cutting down on opportunities for the virus to spread within the rail industry.function. This feature supports electric locomotives with an auxiliary diesel engine that enables operators to move trains from track to non-electrified areaswithout
Reliability is never more important than during a crisis. That’s why a key
portion of our TRAXX Services Teams are remaining on duty to help keep Europe’s TRAXX locomotives rolling. It's another reason why locomotives like our TRAXX products are an essential part of the larger rail machine that keeps the goods and services we rely on moving each day - and not just during crises.
Main title image photo: Thies Raetzke, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA)