By The Global Journal | June 7, 2012 - 14:00 GMT
The Swiss firm Stadler Rail announced yesterday (6 June) it had developed the world’s most powerful and largest locomotive yet. The project will be initiated in Brazil in a couple of months.
Stadler Rail’s train is more powerful than its competitors, making it “by far the largest and most powerful rack-and-pinion locomotive ever built.” Each electric train weights 120 tons and measures 18.7 meters. The company added that using two locomotives together “will have a towing capacity of maximum 850 tons on the 104‰ ramps, making them 50% more powerful than those currently in use”.
Brazilian firm MRS Logistica purchased seven locomotives for 60 million Swiss Francs. The trains will be used for the freight line from Sao Paolo to Santos to carry heavy iron ore. Because of the altitude between the two cities, the locomotives will be used together to pull heavy loads. Two separate adhesion transmission systems provide support and are key to contribute to the traction as the train goes uphill.
The first two trains are expected to leave Basel in the next few weeks. They will be transported by sea via the port of Antwerp.
(Photo © Stadler Bussnang AG)
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