Stadler EURO9000 locomotive
Stadler announced that the EURO9000 locomotive has passed type approval in Germany and Austria. In the coming months, the most powerful locomotive in Europe will also be allowed to operate in Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy, Railway Supply reports citing Kurier Kolejowy.
The powerful multi-system locomotive EURO9000 is a multi-system electric locomotive with a Co’Co’ axle system that allows operation on electrified lines powered by alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). Its modular design allows for the installation of up to three different on-board drive systems – electric and diesel and/or battery – for running trains on non-electrified lines.
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With a power range of up to 9 MW, the EURO9000 is the most powerful locomotive in Europe. It is intended for high-speed traffic along the main European corridors with mixed traffic. This impressive heavy-duty locomotive in many cases makes it possible to haul heavier and longer trains using only one locomotive, resulting in increased payload and reduced traction costs. The TSI compliant EURO9000 locomotive is designed for operation on international routes along the main European rail corridors. It was designed to introduce several national packages including conventional automatic train control systems as well as the European Train Control System (ETCS). This versatility allows it to handle heavy freight or medium speed passenger traffic even on international routes. The base configuration covering Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium will be extended to other countries in the future.
In 2019, Stadler received the first order from European Loc Pool (ELP) for EURO9000 locomotives to be leased to freight rail operators in various countries.
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