On 31st May 2017, six new Euro4000 locomotives were delivered by Stadler to Alpha Trains. Four of them will be operated under a long-term leasing agreement by Medway. The acquisition of the new locomotives builds on Alpha Trains’ market position as rolling stock lessor in Spain and Portugal.
The locomotives were built at the Stadler Valencia’s Albuixech plant. To perform cross-border freight transport between Spain and Portugal, the assets are equipped with the specific Spanish and Portuguese Signalling System and Radio. The Euro4000 is a proven, reliable and trusted locomotive in the Iberian market.
“It is the first time that Medway has leased locomotives from Alpha Trains and we hope to continue providing Medway with our services and to support their business success,” says Fernando Pérez, Managing Director of Alpha Trains Locomotives Division.
The investment in new freight assets is also an investment in a sustainable future: “Our broad portfolio of rolling stock for various needs and customer-tailored leasing solutions facilitates modal shift from road to rail and hence, reduces CO2 emissions. This contributes to the achievement of the European Union´s greenhouse gas reduction targets,” explains Shaun Mills, CEO of the Alpha Trains Group.
“Stadler has successfully delivered more than 100 Euro4000 locomotives to different European rail freight operators. The robust and reliable six-axle locomotives offer high flexibility and hauling capacity, low energy consumption and reduced operational costs contributing to the profitability of the rail freight transport”, says Iñigo Parra, CEO of Stadler Valencia.
“Expanding and updating our fleet with these 4 new interoperable locomotives represents a huge step towards our business goals: it will officially mean the entrance in the Spanish market, through a focus on innovation, sustainability and modernization, which will surely be key for us on our way to turn MEDWAY into the leading freight operator in the Iberian Peninsula”, Carlos Vasconcelos, MEDWAY’s President of the Board, affirms.
Railcolor: Up until now, we have only seen 335 033 and 034 in the livery of Medway. The other two have only been spotted in Alpha Trains standard livery.