The 1067mm-gauge locomotives are intended for both passenger and freight use. The six-axle 2MW locomotives are powered by a Cummins diesel engine and have a starting tractive effort of up to 430kN. The maximum speed is 120km/h and the units can operate in multiple.

The locomotives are specially designed for the tropical and subtropical climate in Taiwan where the humidity can reach 100% with temperatures of up to 45°C.  

“We are proud to be able to supply a large rolling stock series to Asia for the first time,” says Stadler’s CEO, Mr Thomas Ahlburg. “The locomotives will be used in demanding mountainous topography similar to that in Switzerland and in extreme climatic conditions.”

Stadler confirmed in November 2018 that it was planning to enter the Taiwanese market with bids for three tenders.

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