April 13, 2024

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Stadler's new expansion plans: trains to New Zealand

Stadler's new expansion plans: trains to New Zealand

Statler won two contracts to manufacture 33 locomotives in New ZealandLift-EMV

New Order for Rail and Tram Manufacturing Company with One Plant Albuixech. Stadler et al Kiwi train, New Zealand's national railway operator, consolidate their cooperation by signing two additional locomotive contracts. The deals strengthen Statler's presence in New Zealand, according to sources from both companies. The first contract involves the supply of nine line locomotives equipped with ETCS (European Train Control System) to operate in the North Island. The second contract involves delivery 24 Hybrid Shunting EnginesIn addition to spare parts, specific tools and technical support services.

Stadler is currently preparing an order for this 57 narrow gauge locomotives, of DM class, created in 2021 Kiwi train To operate line services on the South Island railway network. Under the new contract, the two companies have extended 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, the last ten DM class locomotives from the first line of 2021 will be equipped with ETCS, bringing the total number of ETCS locomotives in the North Island to nineteen.

Stadler engine for Kiwi train.

In the second contract mentioned above, Stadler will supply 24 narrow gauge shunting locomotives. Diesel-battery hybrids, which has a central chamber and a maximum axle load of 16 tons. The new shunting engines are designed to operate across all terminals. Kiwi train. Thanks to the batteries, the locomotive will function primarily as a zero-emission vehicle, making a significant contribution to reducing the carbon footprint of maneuvering operations. Kiwi train.

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Welders at a train factory located in the Albuixech industrial park.

In addition, the contract also includes spare parts, specific tools and technical services. Shunting engines may be operated from outside the driving cabin, within the confines of the shunting area, by a remote control system.

Fleet renewal

Inigo Barra, president of Stadler Valencia, expressed his pride in the ongoing collaboration between the two companies in a statement: “Stadler is the world leader in environmentally friendly propulsion technologies. Our customers – he adds – can choose from a wide range of solutions. “We are proud that Kiwi Rail has once again renewed its locomotive fleet at Stadler and are delighted to support them on their journey towards a zero-emission rail service.”

Workers on a Stadler-Albuixech assembly line.

For tourist routes

For its part, Adele Wilson, Chief Customer and Development Officer, Kiwi RailAssuming the new engines are part of the investment 1.7 billion dollars In rolling stock that allows Kiwi train Provide better service to its customers and further increase New Zealand's access to low-emission freight transport.

The Engines They will also be reserved for tourist routes where travelers request low-carbon options. “New Engines Lines and Maneuvers – Commits to company directives New Zealand- This enables us to efficiently serve our customers with less maintenance time in warehouses and more time on the road. We are excited about our long-standing relationship with Statler, especially the cutting-edge technology benefits it brings to our mission. Decarbonization“, he assured Adele Wilson.