HVLE orders 10 EURODUAL locomotives from Stadler

Germany-based rail freight operator Havelländische Eisenbahn (HVLE) has placed an order for ten six-axle EURODUAL locomotives in national configuration from Spain's Stadler Rail Valencia.

The firms have signed a purchase agreement, a contract for the manufacturing and delivery and a corresponding full-service maintenance agreement.

The six-axle bi-mode locomotives come in different configurations, gauges and overhead voltages.

Combining both 15kV AC and 25kV AC electric and diesel operating modes, the locomotives will be used for freight transport services in the German network.

Stadler Rail Valencia chief executive officer Iñigo Parra said: "This contract is an important milestone for Stadler as the first order of the new locomotive family.

"With its avant-garde technology, the EURODUAL locomotive covers every need in an efficient and reliable way offering rail operators numerous economic and ecological benefits."

"The demand for six-axle locomotives will grow because of the increasing length and weight of trains."

The transaction will be funded by Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe through a tailor-made, asset-based leasing structure provided by DAL Deutsche Anlagen-Leasing.

HVLE executive Martin Wischner said: “The demand for six-axle locomotives will grow because of the increasing length and weight of trains.

“We need diesel power for the first/last mile but the environmental and economic advantages of electric power are very important for us.”

The locomotives are designed to meet the needs of individual customers, for freight and passenger mainline applications, at speeds of approximately 160km/h, on electrified and non-electrified lines.

The six-axle EURODUAL prototypes are currently undergoing tests in Stradler's Spanish plant.