Private Railway Relies on Powerful Voith Diesel Hydraulic Locomotives

The Brandenburg-based private rail operator Havellandische Eisenbahn AG (HVLE) has ordered two Maxima 40 CC locomotives from Voith Turbo Lokomotivtechnik and thus made a systems decision in favor of the new Voith locomotive in the field of heavy six-axle diesel locomotives. The vehicles will be delivered in 2008 and 2009. The order was placed with an option for another six of these diesel-hydraulic mainline locomotives, currently the most powerful in the world.

With this decision, HVLE intends to expand its rolling stock with a locomotive whose basic design alone signifies exceptional reliability. The Maxima has been approved for traffic in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. Due to the low weight of its hydraulic drive system, the Maxima has a significantly higher tank volume than other locomotives with comparable outputs and therefore offers advantages in terms of operation and economy.

According to Havellandische Eisenbahn AG (HVLE) in Berlin-Spandau, the private rail operator, in business since 1892, intends to use more efficient and reliable locomotives in future because of its continuously increasing transport business.

With 51 employees and annual sales of €17, 250,000 HVLE moves 314,000,000 ton-kilometers (net). The current fleet of 17 locomotives is used for all kinds of transport duties. As a transport provider, HVLE organizes, for example, the Brandenburg hinterland traffic for the sea and inland harbors in combination with rail, road and transshipment operations.

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