SNCF subsidiary buys Stadler locomotives
SNCF rail freight subsidiary Voies Ferrées Locales et Industrielles (VFLI) and lease company Alpha Trains have purchased thirteen Stadler locomotives. The deal includes twelve Euro4001 diesel-electric locomotives and a EuroDual bi-mode locomotive. Both models are part of Stadler’s new generation of six-axle locomotives.
The thirteen locomotives are going to be used in France and Belgium for rail freight transport. Three locomotives have been purchased by VFLI, nine locomotives go to Alpha Trains and are then leased by rail freight carrier VFLI.
VFLI, a sister company of SNCF, has been using nineteen Euro4000 locs from Stadler since 2013. Alpha Trains has thirty Euro4000 locomotives. These are used for rail freight transport in Spain and Portugal.
The EuroDual locomotive has both a diesel-electric motor and an electric motor. As a result, the locomotive can run on electrified railway lines, with an overhead line voltage of 25 kV DC or 1.5 kV AC, but the vehicle can also run on non-electrified lines.