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Universal Locomotive AR15 VR

Universal Electric Locomotive

Universal Locomotive AR15 VR
for Vietnam Railway VNR

In October 2004, the Vietnam Railway ordered 16 diesel-electric Universal Locomotive AR15 VR. The 16 vehicles will be completely manufactured and assembled in the Siemens locomotive plant in Munich.

Universal Locomotive AR15 VR

Type AR15 VR
Wheel arrangement
Diesel engine rating [kW]
Starting tractive effort [kN]
Maximum speed [km/h]
Weight [t]
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Scope of application

The Universal Locomotive AR15 VR was designed for passenger and freight transport on the meter-gauge Hanoi – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City main line. It is a single-track route with passing loops and runs along the coast to the South China Sea. It rises up to 500 m above sea level and is characterized by curve radii as narrow as 97 m.

Technical features

The locomotives are the first representatives of the Asiarunner family. These six-axle AC three-phase locomotives can reach a maximum speed of 120 km/h. The Universal Locomotive AR15 VR engine develops 1,500 kW of power. The power available at the wheel rim is around 1,220 kW. Up to three locomotives can operate in multiple.


The Universal Locomotive AR15 VR is a modular design, built from tried-andtested systems and components. It can be flexibly adapted to satisfy individual customer demands concerning performance, capacity and intended use. The name Asiarunner stands for the orientation of this locomotive platform to the narrow-gauge railway market in Southeast Asia. However, the concept also meets the market requirements in Africa, Australia and South America.

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