Israel starts mainline electrification, orders Bombardier electric locomotives

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TEL AVIV, Israel – Israeli Railways has started electrification of 263 miles of its network, including some routes still under construction. The first stage in the electrification plan is the main line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In addition, a new 14.5-mile line from the coastal city of Acre to Karmiel is under construction and will be equipped for electric trains from opening. The new line includes a 2.9-mile tunnel. Extension of the line north to from Karmiel to Kiryat Shmona, close to Israel's border with Lebanon, is planned in the future.

Israeli Railways has ordered 62 8,050 hp Bombardier “Traxx AC” electric locomotives from Bombardier. The 25kV AC, four-axle locomotives will be used with the existing push-pull rolling stock built in Europe by Bombardier and Siemens. The new locomotives will likely be built at Bombardier’s factory in Kassel, Germany, using parts sourced from plants in several European countries.

The deal includes an option for 32 more electric locomotives.

The company will also work with Israeli Railways to modify its fleet of 294 Bombardier-built, push-pull, double deck coaches for use with electric locomotives.

Israeli Railways also plans to order double deck EMUs in the next few years.

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