EMD Class 66 Locomotive Achieves French Homologation
Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD) has announced that the latest version of its Class 66 locomotive has achieved homologation in France for tracks down to Demoux Group 2. This is achieved because of the locomotive’s driving capabilities due to its radial steering bogie. This noteworthy because such permission is usually granted only too much lighter locomotives, according to EMD. The company said that it offers railway operators excellent operational capabilities because it allows them to perform one-stop jobs even on secondary lines while also permitting operations on the more main lines.
EMD is now delivering the homologated locomotives as part of a 60-unit order from the French railway operator Euro Cargo Rail. Euro Cargo Rail will use its new Class 66 locomotives for cross-border operations between France, Belgium and Germany. The locomotives are equipped with the required safety systems and radios for all three countries and provide automatic switching from one country to the other when crossing borders. This enables Euro Cargo Rail to perform seamless international freight operations.
According to Albert Enste EMD's Vice President and General Manager of International Business, "The achievement of homologation in France is another important step forward in building on the many previous homologations for the Class 66 locomotive."
John S. Hamilton, EMD's President and CEO added, "EMD is extremely pleased to have received multi-country cross-border homologation for this order. As the homologation processes in Europe evolve and become more complicated, we at EMD are proud of our continued demonstrated ability to achieve these homologations in configurations that bring real value to our customers like Euro Cargo Rail."
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