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June 03, 2009

Alstom unveils new-generation electric locomotive

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ALSTOM has unveiled its new-generation electric locomotive, the Prima 2, at its plant in Belfort, France. The four-system (25kV ac, 15kV ac, 1.5kV dc and 3kV dc) locomotive has a maximum power output of 6.4MW and the passenger version will be capable of operating at speeds of up to 200km/h. The locomotive features a standard bogie housing, which allows it to be configured either as a Bo-Bo with freight and passenger versions, or a Co-Co freight locomotive.

Prima 2 is equipped with drivers desks designed to meet the forthcoming UIC 612 interoperability standard, and Alstom's TrainTracer onboard diagnostic system. It will also carry Alstom Atlas signalling equipment, which is compatible with the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).
The prototype locomotive will move to Siemens' Wildenrath test circuit in Germany later this month for the start of trial operations, and certification for operation in Europe is due to be completed in 2011.
The first Prima 2 customer is Moroccan National Railways (ONCFM), which ordered 20 locomotives in November 2007 for use on passenger and freight trains. Delivery will begin in the third quarter of this year.

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