Vossloh España will deliver ten Dual Mode Locomotives to DRS
16 September 2013 • Author: Vossloh España
Vossloh España has received a new order from the UK rail operator, Direct Rail Services (DRS), for ten Dual Mode locomotives. Delivery is to start in 2015. The locomotive has been developed in partnership with Beacon Rail Leasing Limited (BRLL).
The new generation of Dual Mode locomotives, Class 88 in UK, combines electric and diesel-electric operating modes. Key features include a 4 MW ABB equipment delivering a continuous electric power rating on the 25 KV network and a 700kW diesel engine for operation on non-electrified lines. It is characterized by superior adhesion capacity with the latest technology in traction converters, nominal 100 mph speed and a regenerative braking system. The ordered type of locomotive is highly flexible to service on heavy haul freight as well as on passenger lines and complies with the latest environmental targets, Euro IIIB, in diesel mode.
With the new order DRS and BRLL have emphasized their confidence in Vossloh España and its products and made a considerable investment into a new technology that will improve freight and passenger performance on their network.