OCEANOGATE Class 483 Electric Locomotive
Bombardier had success with more than just the DB classes 145/146/185 in Germany with its "Traxx" family as a "jack-of-all-trades." Many other European railroads ordered and still order today single and multi-system electric locomotives as well as diesel electric units from this family. Over the course of the years critical improvement were made to individual members of the family. Since 2004, a reworked version has been delivered as "Traxx 2" with an altered locomotive body improved to withstand crashes. The layout for the voltage converter was also changed, whereby two fundamentally different designs of water-cooled power converters were now being used. Because the locomotives cannot carry the train safety systems and other equipment parts for all conceivable applications in countries buying the locomotives due to space and weight restrictions, the locomotives are equipped or retrofitted on delivery or later on request with certain "packages". There is thus a "Swiss package" with the Swiss train safeguards, two additional pantographs with narrow contact strips as well as other additions specific to the country. The version for traffic to France also has two additional pantographs and the French safety systems. There is also a base version with only two pantographs and without additional safety systems that can be used only in Germany and Austria.
In 2005 the leasing company Angel Trains Cargo (since 2010 Alpha Trains) ordered ten Traxx 2 units exclusively for operation under 3 kilovolt DC for the Italian (and optionally Polish) domestic market. Bombardier took this as the occasion to develop the family for the Traxx 2E platform further in order to integrate diesel electric locomotives into the family and to increase further the general modularity. With the presentation of this "One 4 All Concept" at the InnoTrans 2006 in Berlin, Bombardier showed that DC, AC, and multi-system electric locomotives as well as diesel electric units could be called up from the "Traxx 2E" concept with no problem. A real showstopper is the fact that 70% of all of their parts and components are identical.
In 2008, Angel Trains ordered another ten units for the Italian market. These 20 Angel Trains electric locomotives were given the road numbers E 483.001-020. Of these, road numbers 483 001, 006, 007, 018, 019, and 020 are currently leased long term to the Italian railroad firm Oceanogate Italia S.p.A. in La Spezia. Additional units of this DC Traxx 2E have been delivered recently to different Italian, Spanish, and Polish railroad firms as well as even 100 units to the Spanish State Railroad (Renfe).