An experimental Stadler locomotive that has completed acceptance in the Netherlands. (Photo: Jerad Drost)
The soon-to-be Rail Force One locomotive is an interesting sight in the Netherlands. (Image: ELP)
Stadler’s Euro9000 locomotive has also been allowed into Switzerland since this week. This significantly increases the scope of use of this powerful locomotive in Europe. In the short term, the locomotive will also be accepted in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The Swiss European Loc Pool (ELP) responded happily to the successful acceptance of the locomotive in Switzerland. Thanks to the cooperation with Stadler Valley and Stadler Bussnang, ELP was able to achieve this important milestone. The approval in Switzerland follows the type approval and license for introduction in several European countries, which was granted by the European Railway Agency (ERA) in March this year.
From now on, Euro9000 will be offered on various routes in Switzerland. The locomotive has already been accepted in Germany and Austria, and acceptance in the Netherlands and Belgium will also be completed in the coming weeks. Italy will follow suit during 2024. In 2021 and 2022, acceptances were carried out in the Netherlands using a Stadler test locomotive.
Stadler Euro 9000
The Euro 9000 has fifty percent greater pulling power than standard four-axle locomotives, making it very suitable for transporting freight.
The locomotive has a bogie arrangement like the Co’Co locomotive, is equipped with multiple voltage systems (AC 15/25 kV and DC 1.5/3 kV), has a tractive force of 500 kN and a power of up to 9 MW with a diesel engine of up to 1.9 MW (two Caterpillar C32 engines, 950 x 950 kW). The locomotive is equipped with a ETCS Level 2 3 baseline, and is also equipped with a 3kV DC diesel boost mode up to 7.65MW, and a radio remote control. The locomotive is equipped with a diesel engine with two energy-efficient 950 kW engines and a 900 kWh battery.
Within the Netherlands, Rail Force One will use two of these locomotives. One of them was presented during the InnoTrans 2022 rail trade fair in Berlin.
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