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22.09.16

DRS and Beacon buy 10 new Stadler Class 88 locos for UK use

The Stadler Class 88 Eurodual UK dual-powered locomotive is due to start operating in the UK after being unveiled at InnoTrans earlier this week.

Direct Rail Services, in partnership with Beacon Rail Leasing Limited, has ordered 10 of the locomotives to be used in passenger and freight services in the UK at speeds of up to 100mph.

The Class 88 is a four-axle locomotive adapted to UK gauge, with AC/ AC transmission and low axle load.

Its control software allows for dynamic mode changing between electrical and diesel operation and fine tuning of automatic speed control.

It also features a high-strength stainless steel monocoque structure, an improved brake system with disc brakes, state-of-the-art adhesion control system and two ergonomically designed driver´s cabs with air-conditioning.

“The EURODUAL is more than just a “last mile” locomotive,” Stadler argued. “It is a versatile locomotive platform with impressive performance, both in diesel and in electrical mode, available in 4-axle and 6-axle configuration, different gauges and overhead voltages.

“The modular platform also offers several diesel engine modules to adequately meet individual customers’ needs. With its avant-garde technology, the vehicle covers every need in an efficient and reliable way offering rail operators numerous economic and ecological benefits.”

The locomotive will now begin the authorisation process in the UK after concluding two months in the Velim Test Centre performing homologation tests (TSI track, catenary characteristics, braking distances) and tests of the traction control software in different conditions, including stopping a 1500-tonne train.

(Image c. Direct Rail Services)

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Phil   22/09/2016 at 16:12

The order for Ten of these Class 88 loco's was made many many months ago, with at least one example already in the UK and one already at the Velindre test track facility . So what is this article saying? Has a further order for another 10 Class 88 loco's been made at InnoTrans? Please could clarification be made.

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