Softronic was established in 1999 in Craiova, a city with a long history in building, repairing and maintaining railway rolling stock. The company started by modernizing old 060 EA locomotives and by producing equipment and auxiliary installations, and then began manufacturing new, modern electric locomotives. The first LEMA-type locomotive (LEMA meaning Electric Locomotive with Asynchronous Motors) was delivered to CFR Calatori, but all the other locomotives were made for freight operators.
DB Cargo Romania currently owns 17 LEMA locomotives, classified as series no. 048. They were built between 2012 and 2018 and are the newest vehicles we currently own.
Although they bear some similarities to the old 060 EA series, they only share some constructive features: the bogies, suspension and articulations, LEMA being otherwise a completely new product. They are powered by 6 traction motors, with a total power of 6.000 kW, making them ideal for hauling long, heavy freight trains on steeper inclines. Out of the 48 vehicles built so far, 47 of them are currently being used by various European freight railway operators.
Short technical data overview:
- Total mass with ballast: 126 t
- Axle formula (UIC): Co’Co’
- Power output: 6.000 kW
- Length over buffers: 19.740 mm
- Width: 3.000 mm
- Power source: alternating current, single phased, 15 kV / 16,7 Hz or 25 kV / 50 Hz.
- Top speed: 160 km/h
- Maximum tractive effort: 435 kN
- Electric traction motors: asynchronous, tri-phased