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Hitachi Receiving 250 Powerpacks From Tognum Subsidiary

Powerbacks will drive Hitachi’s super express trains

Posted on September 19, 2012
At the heart of the MTU Powerpacks for the British Intercity Express Program (IEP) are MTU 12V 1600 R80L engines generating 700 kW.

At the heart of the MTU Powerpacks for the British Intercity Express Program (IEP) are MTU 12V 1600 R80L engines generating 700 kW.

Tognum

Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH will supply Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. with 250 powerpacks with Series 1600 rail engines. Hitachi and MTU have also agreed to a maintenance contract for the drive plants to cover the service life of the trains. The total value of the contracts exceeds €200 million.

The powerpacks will drive Hitachi’s future high-speed super express trains, which are scheduled to go into service from 2017 on the Great Western Main Line and East Coast Main Line routes as part of the British Intercity Express Program. Delivery is scheduled between 2013 and 2018 and the maintenance contract will run from 2017.

The MTU powerpacks for the Hitachi railcars are diesel-electric underfloor drive units producing 700 kW. At the heart of the package is the 12-cylinder MTU 12V 1600 R80L diesel engine. The unit meets EU Stage IIIB emissions regulations, which came into force this year, and is fitted with an SCR exhaust gas aftertreatment system. Along with the engine and generator, the powerpack contains all the subsidiary assemblies needed to drive the vehicle, Tognum said.

As well as purely electric vehicles, the super express train family includes bi-mode trains that operate solely on electricity where overhead lines are available, but also run as diesel-electric units on non-electrified routes. The pure electric trains are also set to be fitted with one powerpack each for auxiliary power. Depending on their length, bi-mode vehicles will each have three (five-unit trains), four (eight-unit trains) or five (nine-unit trains) powerpacks.