MTU Engines For Regional Rail

By Mike Brezonick03 February 2017

Rolls-Royce Power Systems announced it will supply 140 MTU Series 1800 PowerPacks to Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF.  The PowerPacks, which are based on the 6H 1800 R85L diesel engine, will power 55 regional trains planned go into service in northern England from December 2018. Arriva Rail North, a subsidiary of the main German rail operator Deutsche Bahn, will operate the trains.

The MTU PowerPacks for CAF will deliver 390 kW. Designed to meet EU Stage 3b exhaust emissions regulations, the units incorporate a built-in selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system for nitrogen oxide reduction.

The 55 newly developed British Rail Class 195 diesel railcars — comprising 25 two-car and 30 three-car vehicles — are planned to be used on the future Northern Connect network in the north of England. Northern Connect will link the major cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle with other towns and cities in the region, including Chester, Barrow-in-Furness, Nottingham and Hull. The trains will reach maximum speeds of 160 kph, Rolls-Royce said.

The British Rail Class 195 diesel railcars manufactured by CAF will be powered by MTU PowerPacks, based on the the 6H 1800 R85L diesel engine.

Rolls-Royce said that more than 1000 MTU engines are currently in passenger rail service in Great Britain. The British Rail Class 195 trains represent the largest of several joint rail projects between Rolls-Royce and CAF.  In Northern Ireland, Italy (Sardinia) and Saudi Arabia, CAF trains were also equipped with MTU engines.

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