ITALIAN national rail operator Trenitalia has signed a framework agreement with Stadler for the supply of up to 50 Eurolight Dual locomotives, with an initial call-off order for 13 units.

The contract also includes full service maintenance of the locomotives for 10 years, extendable for a two further terms of five years each.

Trenitalia launched the tender for a four-year framework agreement for the supply and maintenance of bi-mode 3kV dc and diesel locomotives in 2022. The Stadler Eurolight Bo-Bo locomotives will have a maximum speed of 160km/h and will be deployed throughout the Italian rail network for train rescue and push-pull passenger train duties.

Stadler says the Eurolight’s compact design, bogie type and lightweight monocoque structure help to give the locomotives a reduced axleload not exceeding 20 tonnes, making them suitable for operation on both mainlines and secondary routes.

The locomotives will be equipped for ETCS Baseline 3 Realease 2, as well as the national SCMT ATP and SCC safety systems. The combination of diesel and electric traction will enable Trenitalia to use them throughout the entire network. They will be able to rescue up to two ETR1000 high-speed trains on a 21% gradient - the steepest they are likely to encounter for this type of operation on the country’s rail system.

Other features to be incorporated in the Eurolight Dual locomotives for Trenitalia include a high standard of comfort, visibility and safety for the driver, regenerative braking with energy recovery, an ac drive with one inverter per axle providing a high level of redundancy and increased reliability, a head-end power (HEP) system to supply the train, and the option to install either UIC or automatic couplers.

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