VR Group, from Finland, and Stadler has announced that they have signed a contract for 60 new diesel-electric locomotives.
The new locomotives will improve the operational efficiency in marshalling yards, freight terminals and non-electrified lines.
The contract was signed by Rolf Jansson, CEO VR Group and Iñigo Parra, CEO Stadler Valencia. It includes the supply of 60 diesel-electric locomotives and an option for up to 100 additional locomotives, as well as the option to buy locomotive maintenance from Stadler.
The contract’s value is approximately 200 million Euro.
The new central-cab locomotives can be used as shunting locomotives and for hauling freight and passenger trains in single and multiple traction (up to three locomotives)
The first five locomotives are expected to enter into service in 2022, and the remaining locomotives will be gradually delivered until the end of 2025.
The top-of-the-line locomotives are fitted with radio control equipment and ETCS Baseline 3, with the local STM ATP safety system.
These locomotives can reach a top speed of 120 km/h, making them capable of hauling a two thousand ton train.
What did the officials say?
Iñigo Parra said:
“We are proud of having been selected by VR Group as supplier for the new multipurpose
diesel locomotives for Finland. This represents a major milestone for Stadler. It strengthens our position in the shunting segment, a market niche, which is expected to grow considerably in Europe in the forthcoming years.
This versatile vehicle will be designed principally for yard operations as well as for hauling freight trains in main lines, in an efficient and reliable way under extreme temperature and weather conditions.”
Rolf Jansson said:
“This investment shows VR’s commitment to improve the quality of customer service in
freight traffic and provide our customers with environmentally friendly and energy efficient transportation service. Stadler was selected as a supplier after a thorough tender process and we are confident that they will deliver the high-quality locomotive VR and our customers are expecting.”