Vossloh España has been awarded a follow-up order for ten UKLIGHT locomotives from Direct Rail Services (DRS). This proves the successful and already for several years lasting partnership of Vossloh and the UK rail operator. The new assignment will bring the total number of UKLIGHT locomotives in DRS’ UK fleet to twenty-five.
Vossloh has designed the UKLIGHT diesel-electric locomotive with high tractive effort and speed of up to 100 mph in order to provide flexibility to the operators on a variety of rail applications in the UK network. With an axle load of 20.5 tons, this type of diesel-electric locomotive offers the best power-to-weight ratio in Europe. Access to industrial networks and sidings presents no problems as it also negotiates curves as tight as 80 m radius.
Meeting all European Directives and legislation, such as TSI CR Noise 01/06-ST05 and Crash EN 15227, the UKLIGHT also complies with British Group Standards in areas identified in the conventional TSI as country specific requirements. Since June the locomotive has been homologated and been granted the UK certification and operating permit.
The UKLIGHT locomotive in DRS livery can be viewed on the Vossloh stand at this year’s InnoTrans fair from 23 – 26 September in Berlin.