Vossloh has specially adapted the 160km/h mixed-traffic design for operation in Britain, working in conjunction with DRS and Beacon Rail Leasing on the project. The EuroLight UK will be manufactured by Vossloh Rail Vehicles at its Albuixech site near Valencia, Spain, and the first locomotives are due to arrive in Britain late next year. The 2.8MW Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotive will be equipped with a 16-cylinder Caterpillar C175 engine and advanced ac drive traction systems from ABB.
The value of the contract has not been disclosed, although DRS says it includes options for additional locomotives.