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Stadler and companies of the SNCF Group present the new generation of six-axle locomotives


Stadler presents at Transport Logistic in Munich together with VFLI and Captrain, subsidiaries of SNCF Group, their projects related to the new generation of six-axle locomotives. Stadler builds twelve EURO4001 locomotives for VFLI and four EURODUAL locomotives for ITL.
Stadler today presented projects involving the new generation of six-axle locomotives at Transport Logistic in Munich in cooperation with the French rail freight provider VFLI and the German rail freight company ITL Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH (ITL). For VFLI, Stadler is building twelve EURO 4001 locomotives. In addition, VFLI is taking over the prototype of the EURODUAL locomotive. Stadler will deliver four six-axle locomotives of the EURODUAL family to ITL. VFLI and ITL are both subsidiaries of the SNCF Group.  
The rolling stock supplier Stadler and the French rail freight operator VFLI signed the purchase contracts for thirteen six-axle locomotives one year ago. The contracts include the supply of twelve diesel-electric locomotives type EURO4001, thereof three were acquired directly by VFLI and nine were acquired by Alpha Trains to be operated by VFLI. Succeeding the acclaimed EURO4000 locomotive, the EURO4001 locomotive boasts equally high levels of performance and reliability. This powerful interoperable and cross-border locomotives offers flexibility, high hauling capability, low energy consumption and reduced operational costs.
The EURO4001 is fitted with ETCS on-board equipment and an engine rated at 2800kW that meets the EC 26/2004 Stage IIIB emission levels as prime mover. 
The contracts also included the acquisition by VFLI of the prototype of the EURODUAL locomotive that Stadler has used for the homologation of this new platform in France and Belgium which is expected in the next weeks. It can run on electrified lines at 25kV AC and at 1.5kV DC but it is also powered by an IIIB engine rated at 2.8 MW to run on non-electrified lines.  
German rail freight operator ITL Eisenbahngesellshaft mbH (ITL), a subsidiary of Captrain Deutschland, ordered also four six-axle hybrid locomotives of the EURODUAL family at the end of 2018. The powerful locomotives will be operated in freight transport services in Germany with a speed up to 120 km/h combining both operating modes: electric on AC electrified lines (15 kV 16.7 Hz and 25 kV 50 Hz) and diesel.  
The new generation of Co’Co’ locomotives developed by Stadler Valencia maximizes performance and reliability resulting in greater profitability of the rail transport services. The improved adhesion control system and a tractive effort up to 500kN boast the greatest load-hauling capability in the European market, permitting the transport of longer and heavier trains with a single locomotive. The powerful locomotives, in both traction modes, are able to run at high speed through the European corridors with mixed traffic. The latest bogie technology results in lower wear and tear on the infrastructure and decreased track access costs. 
Regarding traction, the family includes diesel, electric multi-system and hybrid versions. The hybrid locomotive is more than just a «last mile» locomotive, offering two solutions in one. They can be used on both electrified and non-electrified lines. While driving, it is possible to switch from the electrical overhead line to diesel. It offer the flexibility to optimise transport routes avoiding journey disruptions and many environmental benefits.
«We make our decisions fully aware of their impact on society as well as on the environment. Therefore, increasing the energy efficiency and minimising the use of energy are the main components of our operational
activity», says Jérôme Méline, managing director, Captrain Deutschland GmbH. 
«Always on the lookout for ways of reducing its environmental impact, VFLI has launched a fleet renewal program to meet the challenge of energy transition. Such strengths undoubtedly give VFLI an additional competitive advantage by providing its clients, ever more sensitive to environmental issues, with a cleaner freight transport solution. We want to be the ‹new freight generation›», adds Alain RIBAT, CEO, VFLI.

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