SNCF breaks with its habits and auctions off 12 locomotives

In an unprecedented sale in France, 12 SNCF Transilien locomotives will be auctioned from June 27 to June 30, 2022. They are being replaced by new trainsets and are going under the hammer even though they still have a long lifespan, which which is not the usual practice of the SNCF.

Bids will start at at least 1.2 million for each of the BB 27300 locomotives, depending on their specifications. The locomotives built by Alstom were put into service between 2006 and 2010, and still have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, according to the SNCF.

They are marketed by Transilien SNCF, the mobility operator in Île-de-France, the region surrounding the Parisian capital. This is a first for the operator, because most often the rolling stock is only replaced at the end of its life, and is never sold before this date. The change in the status quo is the consequence of a massive plan to renew the rolling stock of Île-de-France Mobilités, initiated in 2016 by the President of the Regional Council Valérie Pécresse to improve passenger comfort and train reliability in Ile-de-France. .

Financing the renewal of the train

All the trains on the Regio2N line are being replaced, so the locomotives that were used for VB2N trains will be removed from the Transilien network. Île-de-France Mobilités therefore asked Transilien SNCF to sell them. The proceeds from the sale will contribute to financing the renewal of trains in Ile-de-France, initiated by Ile-de-France Mobilités.

New Régio2N trains have replaced the BB 27300 locomotives and VB2N coaches on the line since December 2020. The cost of the replacement amounts to 1.06 billion, financed by Île-de-France Mobilité. Since the beginning of the year, Transilien SNCF has received 3 to 4 new trains per month. For the year 2022, nearly 40 new Regio2N trains will be deployed on line N. By the end of the year, line N will have 73 trains, and the deployment of the entire line is planned for the end of 2022.

The locomotive auction is open to professionals and represents an opportunity for passenger transport operators, freight transport operators and locomotive rental companies, whether based in France, Europe or worldwide. The sale of locomotives takes place on the Agorastore auction site.

Electrification makes trains redundant

As part of the modernization of rolling stock, Île-de-France Mobilités will also sell 11 AGC trains to several French regions. These trains run on the Gretz-Provins and Trilport-La-Ferté-Milond lines on line P (to and from Gare de L’Est), the only two in Ile-de-France that are not electrified and require the use of trains in AGCBi mode (large capacity cars with electric and diesel propulsion).

With the electrification of the Gretz-Provins line, the dual-mode AGC trains delivered between 2008 and 2010 will be replaced by new electric trains, and the redundant trains sold to other regions.

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