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Stadler Valencia to manufacture 33 locomotives for New Zealand’s ‘Renfe’ Kiwi Rail

Stadler Valencia to manufacture 33 locomotives for New Zealand’s ‘Renfe’ Kiwi Rail

KiwiRail, New Zealand’s national railway operator, is once again entrusting the renewal of its locomotive fleet to the Valencian subsidiary of Swiss railway manufacturer Stadler. That country’s Renfe has signed two new contracts that will see the Valencian factory build 33 new locomotives to operate on New Zealand’s two main islands, adding to an order already placed for 57 more in 2021. Machines.

The first contract consists of providing Nine inline engines The North Island is equipped with ETCS (European Train Control System) to operate. The second contract includes 24 innovative hybrid shunting engines are offeredIn addition to spare parts, specific tools and technical support services.

Stadler is currently preparing Kiwi Rail’s 2021 order for 57 TM Class narrow gauge locomotives to operate line services on the South Island rail network. That’s a deal It was then valued at 228 million eurosAlthough the company did not disclose the amount of these two new orders, they are part of a $1.7 billion investment that KiwiRail is looking forward to renewing its fleet.

Under the new contract, the two companies have expanded their commitment with an additional order for nine DM class locomotives, which will be fitted with ETCS to operate on the North Island rail network. Additionally, from 2021 the last ten DM class locomotives from the first series will be equipped with ETCS, bringing the total number of locomotives to
With ETCS in the North Island it will rise to nineteen. This will allow reliable and safe use of the engine Auckland Metropolitan Area Equipped with EDCS level 1 signaling system, this initiative ensures engine operation Wellington Metropolitan Area When the signaling system is updated with ETCS.

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These locomotives are equipped with a 3,000 kW low-emission diesel engine. Not only do they comply with the latest European emission regulations and are guaranteed to significantly reduce pollutant emissions, but they also improve combustion.
Less fuel consumption and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, they are ready to use with HVO biofuels.

with batteries

As part of the second contract, Stadler would provide 24 narrow-gauge, diesel-battery hybrid shunting locomotives, which has a central chamber and a maximum axle load of 16 tons. The new shunting engines are designed to operate at all KiwiRail terminals. Thanks to the batteries, the locomotive will function primarily as a zero-emission vehicle, making a significant contribution to reducing the carbon footprint of Kiwi Rail’s shunting operations. This comprehensive contract also includes spare parts, specific tools and technical services. Shunting engines can be operated from outside the driving cabin, inside
Limitations of maneuvering area by remote control system.

Inigo Parra, Executive Vice President of Stadler’s Spanish division, said, “Stadler is the world leader in environmentally friendly propulsion technologies. Our customers can choose from a wide range of solutions. We are very proud to have Kivrail once again. We are delighted to once again renew its locomotive fleet with Stadler and support them in their journey towards a zero-emission train service.

Adele Wilson, Chief Customer and Development Officer, said the new locomotives are part of a $1.7 billion investment in rolling stock that will enable KiwiRail to better serve its customers and further increase access to low-carbon freight. The engines will also be charged to tourist routes where passengers demand low-carbon options. “The new line and shunting engines have translated into less maintenance time in depots and more time on the road serving our customers efficiently. We are excited about the benefits of state-of-the-art technology provided by our long-standing relationship with Statler, especially with our decarbonisation target.”

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