Stadler has signed a contract with Spanish rail infrastructure manager ADIF for the supply of 22 rescue locomotives.
After the announcement of 31 July 2019 that Stadler won the tender in a consortium with Erion, this signing now makes the agreement legally binding. The contract is worth 115 million euros (127 million USD) and also includes an eight-year maintenance provision.
ADIF will use the rescue locomotives on the Spanish standard-gauge network to inspect high-speed lines, to remove snow, to tow broken down trains and to transport construction trains with a weight of up to 600 tons. The locomotives can operate between a temperature range of -25 and +45 degrees.
Stadler says its diesel-electric locomotives are both light and powerful. The diesel engines fulfil all EU norms for safety, emissions (IIIB, ready for level V) and environmental impact. The insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) power converter, AC traction motors, the innovative adhesion control system and the high transport capacity combined with the low axle load of the locomotives all have a favourable impact on the operating costs.
ADIF will be able to offer a broad range of support services to train operating companies thanks to these new locomotives. The locomotives, which feature two driver’s cabs, will also include ETCS and the Spanish automatic train protection system ASFA (Anuncio de Señales y Frenado Automático). Furthermore, the locomotives will come equipped with the digital mobile communications system GSM-R. Their maximum power output is 2.8MW. They have a top speed of 160km/h.
Stadler’s consortium partner Erion performs maintenance services for rolling stock for both public and private operators in Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium and Germany. Erion is a joint venture between Stadler and the Spanish rail operator RENFE in which Stadler is the majority shareholder.
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