Retrack, the subsidiary of VTG Rail Logistics and European Loc Pool (ELP) signed the first long-term full-service locomotive leasing contract covering up to four EuroDual locomotives.
The locomotives, manufactured by Stadler, will be operated on selected strategic corridors served by Retrack.
The hybrid EuroDual locomotive with an output of 2.8 MW in diesel mode and 6 MW in electric mode is ideally suited for use in heavy freight train service. The high tractive force in combination with the optimised energy consumption translates to a high increase in performance and efficiency for VTG Logistics as well as for Retrack.
The new locomotives can pull up to 30 percent more tonnage than the existing electric and diesel locomotives that are in use on the main Retrack corridors. The hybrid mode also makes it possible to reduce CO2 emissions.
Thus, the EuroDual locomotives offer not only considerable economic and logistical, but also ecological advantages.
“We look forward to the delivery and use of the new EuroDual on our Europe-wide rail transport. With the first six-axle hybrid locomotives, we can offer our customers an even more powerful range as well as the latest technological standards in rail logistics,” Remco van Staaijeren, Managing Director of Retrack, said.
The ability to operate heavy freight trains independently over diesel routes and in the shunting area operating the first and last miles, is becoming increasingly important for Retrack customers, not least because the freight trains are currently being extended to up to 740 metres.
Under the locomotive leasing contract, the first locomotives will be delivered to Retrack in the first quarter of 2021. The two companies look forward to a long-term, partnership-based cooperation to offer innovative, efficient and environmentally conscious freight logistics on the rails in the future.
The EuroDual locomotives are possess a high tractive force in both drive modes and reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h. They meet all the requirements of the TSI, as well as European emissions limits.