On 06.01.2017, Stadler Rail and the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGBahn) signed the contract for the delivery of seven locomotives:
- 2x Tea 2/2 electric shunting locomotive
- 1x Gm 2/2 diesel-electric adhesion shunting locomotive
- 4x HGm 2/2 diesel-electric rack and adhesion locomotive
The contract volume amounts to approximately 23 million Swiss francs. With the new locomotives, MGBahn is able to homogenize its fleet and realize a considerable reduction in noise and exhaust emissions.
The ‘Tea’ and ‘Gm’ type of locomotives will replace ageing diesel locomotives and thus ensure more environmentally friendly shunting operations. With the mainline rack and adhesion locomotives MGBahn ads a new type of vehicle to its fleet. A type with makes it possible to cover MGBahn’s increasing need for tractive power for construction trains, as the operator is constantly modernizing its network.
The three different locomotive types have the same cabin design, traction drive and control systems, plus a similar operating philosophy. The 1.000 mm track gauge locomotives are all 8.37 meters long and 2.65 meters wide. The height varies.
All types have traction equipment from ABB and double-block converter. The electric shunters have a battery drive for non-electrified track sections, radio control as well as three coupling systems to be able to haul all different types of cars. The diesel-electric locomotives have a Mercedes-built diesel motor meeting Euro-III-B standards. The rack and adhesion locomotives can also be used on track sections in the ‘Schöllenen’ and on the Gornergratbahn.