Cummins Inc. will power the freight locomotives recently awarded to Stadler Valencia.
The tender of 34 diesel electric locomotives will power passenger and freight traffic for Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA). The locomotives will be built by Stadler in Valencia, Spain, further strengthening ties between Cummins and Stadler.
The order from TRA features Cummins’ QSK60 Stage IIIB engine manufactured in Daventry, England, with an output of 2,700 horsepower. Intended for passenger and freight traffic on the narrow-gauge network of 1,067millimetres in Taiwan, the locomotives will be designed to operate in tropical and subtropical climates reaching up to 45 degrees Celsius.
“I’m thrilled Cummins is able to provide the reliable power our customers need with the capability to operate in demanding conditions. We’ve been partnering successfully with Stadler for several years, and TRA’s decision to use a Cummins powered Stadler locomotive, further solidifies market confidence in our products.”
After working several years to achieve success in the Asian market, Stadler partnered with Cummins to build and introduce a freight locomotive that meets the needs of their customers and can operate at altitudes of more than 5,000 meters above sea level, reaching a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour.
“The partnership with Stadler in general and Stadler Valencia in particular, is a perfect fit for purpose. The unique mix of capabilities, integration and delivery for the most demanding challenges in a variety of contexts, places us both at the forefront of the global rail industry, by being able to tailor our solutions to match exactly what our clients need.”
Cummins and Stadler first teamed up on a public transport project in Texas in 2006. In recent years, Cummins has provided almost 70 engines across various Stadler products for railway operators around the world, including 20 QSK23 units for the highly successful FLIRT (Fast Light Intercity and Regional Train) diesel electric model operating in Estonia in extreme climatic conditions where the temperature can vary from minus 40 degrees to plus 45 degrees Celsius.
Cummins Rail is dedicated to delivering the lowest operating costs through innovation, technology and emission compliant products. For locomotive power, Cummins offers a comprehensive range of high-performance, low-maintenance diesels to meet customers’ needs. The Cummins QSK60, which will be powering the new freight locomotives in Taiwan, provides outstanding reliability and durability, excellent fuel economy, lower running costs, and longer engine life to overhaul.
2019 was a great year of partnerships for the Cummins Rail team, and 2020 is shaping up to be no different.
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