The Finnish VR Group and Stadler have signed a contract for the supply of 60 new diesel-electric locomotives. VR wants to optimize operating efficiency at marshalling yards, freight terminals in and on non-electrified lines. These account for 45 percent of the Finnish rail network.
Rolf Jansson, CEO of VR Group, and Iñigo Parra, CEO of Stadler Valencia, signed the contract for the supply of 60 diesel-electric locomotives with an option for up to an additional 100 locomotives. The contract also includes an option for maintenance. The total contract value is approximately 200 million euros.
The new locomotives with middle class cabin can be used as shunting locomotives and for the transport of freight and passenger trains in single or multiple unit (up to three locomotives). Besides improving the efficiency of shunting it will also promote the operation on non-electrified track sections. The contract provides that the first five locomotives will be put into operation in the year 2022nd The remaining locomotives will gradually be delivered by the end 2025th The new locomotives for the VR Group significantly exceed to replace diesel locomotives in terms of exhaust gas emissions, energy efficiency, safety standards and reliability.
The state-of-the-art locomotives are equipped with radio remote control, ETCS Baseline 3 equipped with local STM ATP security system and a vehicle control system of the latest generation, which includes remote diagnostics elements. An efficient AC drive system with an inverter per axle leads to improved adhesion. The locomotives have a maximum starting tractive effort of 346 kN and can reach a top speed of 120 km / h. So that they are able to pull a 2,000-ton train.
Stadler has extensive experience in the construction of rolling stock for the demanding climatic conditions in the far north. The locomotives will be designed and constructed so that they are fit for use in snow and ice at temperatures of up to -40 ° C.
Iñigo Parra says:
“We are proud that the VR Group has selected us as the manufacturer of the new multi-purpose diesel locomotives for Finland. For Stadler, this order is an important milestone, but it strengthens our position in Rangiersegment. This niche market has potential for growth in the coming years in Europe. The versatile locomotive is designed primarily for the station operation and for efficient and reliable transport of freight trains on the main routes under extreme temperature and weather conditions. “
Rolf Jansson says:
“This investment in quality shows the commitment of the VR Group for the optimization of our customer service in freight transport. It is a commitment to environmentally friendly and energy-efficient transportation services. After a thorough tender process Stadler has been selected as a supplier. We are convinced that Stadler locomotives will provide the high quality that we expect and our customers. “