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Locomotive Engines Begin Service

MTU Series 1600 and 4000 to power 22 Vossloh locomotives; engines replace older fleet

Posted on February 24, 2014

A total of 16 locomotives, each equipped with the MTU 12V 1600 R50 engine, are set to be commissioned at the BASF plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

The engine from MTU, a Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG brand, generates 690 kW power for the diesel-hydraulic drive system, powering the Vossloh type G6 locomotives to a top speed of 80 km/h. The engines comply with the European Stage IIIB emissions standards and were developed in accordance with the special requirements of the European rail sector, the company said.

The locomotives will be used for in-plant freight transport at the BASF plant in Ludwigshafen, and will also be available for the Schwarzheide and Antwerp, Belgium, plants as part of a locomotive pool.

In addition to the 16 G6 locomotives, four type DE 12 and two type DE 18 locomotives are included in the program. Both models are powered by MTU series 4000 engines: DE 12 locomotives are equipped with the 8V 4000 R43; and the DE 18 is powered by the 12V version of the same engine.