posted on 7th Jan 2021 13:39
In late 2020, Stadler Rail Valencia outshopped the first two EURO9000 locomotives. On 7 January 2021, they were disembarked in the port of Bremen, heading then to the Wegberg-Wildenrath test centre. The locomotives wear now EVN 90 80 2 019 300 and 301.
This type represents a more universal and more powerful design of Stadler's dual-mode locomotives, in follow to EURODUAL machines, which in batch deliveries are supplied for operation off 15 and 25 kV AC voltages only. EURO9000 locomotives are quadruple-voltage and their type designation indicates the highest performance in electric mode. One or two diesel engines, each with an output of 950 kW, can be installed for diesel mode.
So far, ten machines have been ordered in a version with two diesels, by European Loc Pool, which is also the main customer of EURODUALs (see here and here for example). Of these ten EURO9000 locomotives, ELP has already concluded lease agreements for three machines with the Dutch company Rail Force One and two with the German operator RTB CARGO.
ELP expects to sign further leasing contracts until end of the first quarter of 2021. These exceptionally powerful locomotives are intended for operations along the main rail corridors in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.