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Three-System Universal Locomotive HLE 18

Universal Electric Locomotive

Universal Locomotive HLE 18
for Belgian State Railways SNCB / NMBS

In December 2006, Siemens won the first order for electric locomotives from the state-owned railway operator SNCB / NMBS. The order comprised a total of 60 locomotives, with an option for an additional 60 locomotives. The vehicles are being built in the Siemens locomotive plant in Munich. The units will be delivered between 2009 and June 2010.

Universal Locomotive HLE 18

Type HLE 18
2009 – 2010
Wheel arrangement
Power system
AC 25 kV / 50 Hz; DC 3 kV; DC 1.5 kV
Rating [kW]
5,000; DC 1.5 kV 3,000
Starting tractive effort [kN]
Maximum speed [km/h]
Weight [t]
Track gauge [mm]
Numbers built

Scope of application

The locomotives are designed for passenger service. They will partly substitute existing locomotives or be used to create additional capacity in the Belgian railway networks. It is also planned to obtain the certification for operation in the networks of neighboring countries so that the units may also be used for cross-border service.

Technical features

This is a four-axle multi-system locomotive built on the Eurosprinter platform.


The Eurosprinter HLE 18 runs at a maximum speed of 200 km/h and can operate on conventional as well as high speed lines. The characteristic feature of these advanced locomotives is their multi-system capability that permits cross-border traffic.
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