Direct Rail Services orders 15 Vossloh EuroLight UK locomotives

Direct Rail Services have announced an order for an initial 15 Vossloch EuroLight UK mixed traffic diesel-electric locomotives.

A DRS spokesperson said the locomotives are scheduled to be delivered in late 2013. The design has been developed in conjunction with Beacon Rail Leasing, and is based on a smaller-profile on the four-axle EuroLight low-axleload freight and passenger locomotive prototype which is currently operating in Germany. The contract to supply the locomotives also includes options for further examples to be produced.

The locomotives will be fitted with a 3 750 hp Caterpillar C175 engine and AC traction equipment from ABB, giving a top speed of 100mph (160 km/h) and ‘genuine mixed traffic haulage capabilities’ for use on intermodal and passenger trains. The operator said the locomotives will meet ‘the latest emission standards’ and ‘set new standards’ for the driver’s environment.


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