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April 12, 2010

Alstom delivers new diesel locomotive to SNCF

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ALSTOM has delivered the first Prima BB 475400 diesel locomotive to French National Railways (SNCF) as part of a 2004 framework Euros 836 million contract for 400 diesel-electric locomotives which is scheduled to run until 2015.

Working in consortium with Siemens, Alstom is responsible for the locomotives' body shell, brakes, cab and drivers' desk as well as bogies and the traciton motors. Siemens developed the electrical equipment while MTU supplied the R43 engines for the locomotives which generate 2400kW, 20% more power than the previous R41 version, yet are designed to meet European emissions standards. The locomotive's starting tractive effort has also increased to 300kN, providing the trains with greater traction capacity and thus optimising the cost per tonne hauled.
 
alstom-prima-sncf.jpgSince March 2007 Alstom has delivered 99 R41-engined locomotives for use on the French network as well as 33 units that are equipped for use both in France and Germany. The 130 Prima diesels already operating in France have covered 14 million km since their inception.

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