Rolf Jansson, CEO VR Group and Iñigo Parra, CEO Stadler Valencia signed the EUR 200 million contract for the supply of 60 new diesel-electric locomotives with an option for up to 100 additional locomotives.
According to the contract, the first 5 locomotives are expected to enter into service in 2022, and the remaining locomotives will be gradually delivered until the end of 2025.
The locomotives are fitted with radio control equipment and ETCS Baseline 3, with the local STM ATP safety system and the latest generation of vehicle control system including remote diagnosis features. An efficient AC traction system with one inverter per axle provides better adhesion performance. They have a maximum starting tractive effort of 346 kN and can reach a top speed of 120 km/h. This makes them capable of hauling a 2,000 tonnes per train.
The new vehicles will be manufactured to withstand the effects of the snow and ice and to operate at temperatures as low as -40º Celsius.
The central-cab locomotives can be used as shunting locomotives and for hauling freight and passenger trains in single and multiple traction (up to three locomotives).
In addition to improving the efficiency of shunting work, they will boost operations on non-electrified railway sections which make up 45 percent of the Finnish rail network.
In March, VR has announced that it had ordered these new locomotives which will ensure environmental-friendly transport.