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In the coming weeks, one of the EURODUALs will make test runs in several Balkan countries as part of the type approval process there.
The first EURO9000 is due to hit the track soon, as ELP expects to deliver the first three locomotives.
Just in May 2023, five years have passed since the founding of European Loc Pool.
On 13 March 2023, ERA issued approval for EURO9000 locomotives. It is valid for operation in Germany, and a week later approval for operation in Austria was issued, in the standard form of an Extended Area of Use (XAU).
Shortly before Christmas, European Loc Pool placed a firm order for a further 10 EURODUAL locomotives, breaking the hundred-unit threshold.
The Austrian operator ecco-rail will be the next lessee of the EURO9000 locomotives, ordering a full-service lease of two ones, for delivery in late 2023.
At the beginning of March 2022, European Loc Pool announced that before end of 2021 it had concluded a contract with DB Cargo for the full-service leasing of six EURODUAL locomotives.
On 1 November 2021, the EURODUAL locomotive received approval for operation on the lines of profile 312 on the ÖBB network.
The Norwegian private railfreight operator Onrail has entered in a long-term full-service lease agreement for lease of two EURODUAL locomotives with European Loc Pool, to be delivered at the end of 2022.
CargoNet and European Loc Pool (ELP) have signed a long-term full-service lease agreement for two EURODUAL locomotives.
In late 2020, Stadler Rail Valencia outshopped the first two EURO9000 locomotives.
On 12 October 2020 VTG Rail Logistics Deutschland and European Loc Pool have announced signature of a long-term full-service leasing contract for up to four EURODUAL locomotives.
One of the ELP EURODUALs, 159 207, started on 19 May test program in Austria. The reason is to undergo measurements of impact to the infrastructure, with the goal to achieve the approval for operation in this country. These tests are planned to last for about three weeks.
Following HVLE and ITL, three other German operators incorporated EURODUALs in their fleets in recent days.