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The ‘biggest’ locomotive news of this moment comes from Switzerland, well it comes from Spain actually. Since Stadler Rail took over the Valencia plant from Vossloh, it has a heavy-haul Co’Co’ locomotives in its portfolio. Right now, as part of Stadler’s rapid expansion plans, this product group is being pushed to its limits. Originally Valencia was exclusively building Co’Co’ diesel locomotives – This design has now become the basis for a whole family products including hybrids and, eventually, very powerful electrics.
Lease company ELP makes sure these new locomotives will be available to European operators, soon. It will do that by offering full-service leasing solutions including preventative and corrective maintenance, spare parts, strategic spare parts, heavy maintenance reserves and wheel re-profiling. Additionally, ELP will also offer innovative insurance packages
We spoke with Mr. Willem Goosen, CEO of ELP recently. He explains ELP’s current and future fleet strategy and discusses the advantages of six-axle locomotives in a market where four-axle machines are the default. And of course he reveals the next steps of ELP’s expansion plan.
European Loc PoolAs you may know Stadler Rail currently follows the strategy of rapid expansion, in order to secure a place on the global stage of rail rolling stock production. The company is exploring new markets (South-America, North-America, Taiwan for example) and introducing new product types, such as metros and long-haul locomotives.
European Loc Pool AG (ELP) is a new European lease company which was launched in August 2018. The Swiss based company is commonly owned by Reichmuth Bank from Luzern and Peter Spuhler’s private PCS Holding. Mr. Spuhler, is the former CEO of Stadler Rail.
ELP is now entering the European market with heavy six-axle hybrid locomotives. In 2017 the first ten locomotives were ordered from Stadler Rail, last week another 10 were acquired. This latest order is part of a new frame work agreement for up to 100 six-axle Co’Co’ Stadler locomotives – which can be delivered with different modes and country specific packages.
EuroDual ‘Loc 01’ – Photo: ELP
ELP order overview
All 20 machines currently on order are equipped for 15kV + 25kV AC catenary systems and feature a 2.8 MW combustion engine. In electric mode the power rating is 6.15 MW. All locomotives will feature ETCS and remote control.
This article first appeared on railcolornews.com
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