Railcars

Lifelong service

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Mirko Gutemann, Images by Hitachi, Robert Hack

MTU supplies 250 Powerpacks for new railcars in the British Intercity Express program. Maintenance contract covers next 27.5 years.
At the Innotrans 2012 rail exhibition, Dr Michael Haidinger, Chief Sales Officer at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, and Alistair Dormer, Executive Chairman and CEO of Hitachi Rail Europe, agree to cooperate for the supply and maintenance of 250 MTU Powerpacks for the British Intercity Express Programme (IEP).
The MTU Powerpacks for the Hitachi powered coaches are diesel-electric underfloor traction modules with an output of 700 kilowatts each. The core component of the unit is the twelve-cylinder MTU 12V 1600 R80L diesel engine. It meets the emission limits required by EU Stage IIIB, which has been in force since 2012, and is equipped with exhaust gas aftertreatment. As well as the engine and generator, the Powerpack also contains all auxiliary systems necessary for vehicle traction.

Hitachi Rail Europe based in the UK capital, London, is a subsidiary of Hitachi Europe and part of the Japanese Hitachi Group. The Shinkansen train in Japan is the best-known example of a high-speed train produced by Hitachi. The first rail contract secured by Hitachi was for a fleet of 29 British Class 395 high-speed trains.

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