VTG Rail Logistics Germany has taken delivery of two Eurodual hybrid locomotives from Swiss rolling stock leasing company, European Loc Pool (ELP), following the completion of tests in the first week of February at a facility in Braunschweig.
VTG and rail freight subsidiary Retrack signed a long-term leasing contract with ELP for up to four Stadler EuroDual six-axle bi-mode locomotives in October 2020.
The process included static tests followed by successful test operation in both electric and diesel modes.
The locomotives, which have 6MW of power under electric operation and 2.8MW in diesel mode, provide a high tractive effort in combination with optimised energy consumption, resulting in improved performance and efficiency. The new locomotives can haul up to 30% more weight than the existing locomotives used by Retrack, and also emit fewer CO2 emissions.
“We are looking forward to the delivery and use of the new EuroDuals on our Europe-wide rail services,” says Retrack managing director, Mr Remco van Staaijeren. “With the first six-axle hybrid locomotives, we can offer our customers an even more powerful service and provide them with the latest technological standards within rail logistics.”