Alpha Trains delivers 9 diesel-electric locomotives to Captrain France

Rolling stock leasing company Alpha Trains has delivered eight EURO4001 diesel-electric locomotives to Captrain France, a railway company that is part of SNCF Logistics. The last one of the nine locomotives will follow over the course of March. The EURO4001 are equipped with ETCS Baseline 2, and KVB and TBL1+ systems, which allows the operation in France and Belgium.

The EURO4001 locomotives that Captrain leases have been manufactured in the Stadler plant in Albuixech, Valencia. This locomotive type is an evolution of the EURO4000, of which Alpha Trains owns 30 locomotives which are leased to multiple operators in Spain and Portugal.

Stéphane Derlincourt, Chief Executive Officer of Captrain France: “These new locomotives will complete Captrain France’s fleet, which will be able to offer current and future customers additional capacities with the guarantee of optimal operational efficiency and quality service, directly contributing to strengthening their competitiveness in France and in Europe.”

During the manufacturing process of the EURO4001, SNCF Group restructured its freight operations in France and renamed its subsidiary VFLI to Captrain France. VFLI’s red corporate livery on the new EURO4001 got replaced by the lime green colour of Captrain France.


Alpha Trains has a long-standing partnership with both Stadler Valencia and Captrain France. “These state-of-the-art locomotives are characterised by flexibility, high hauling capacity, low fuel consumption and reduced operational costs” said Fernando Pérez, Managing Director of Alpha Trains Locomotives. “Adding this powerful EURO4001 to our portfolio strengthens our market share in France and underscores our ambition to provide the most innovative and efficient solutions.”

The Euro4001 has a high power diesel engine rated at 2,800 kilowatt, which fulfils the most stringent exhaust emissions (EC 26/2004 Stage IIIB) and benefits from AC/AC technology to transfer traction independently to each of the six axles. ­

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Author: Esther Geerts


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