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Groupe Eurotunnel SA and Alstom SA Organize Prima II Locomotive Tests Inside the Channel Tunnel

Monday, 1 Oct 2012 02:45am EDT 

Groupe Eurotunnel SA (Eurotunnel) announced that having obtained, in July 2012, that the Technical Specifications for interoperability should be applicable to freight trains travelling through the Channel Tunnel, tests on the new generation Alstom SA's Prima II locomotives were conducted overnight between 29 and 30 September, 2012 in order to check compatibility with Channel Tunnel systems and safety standards. For this first test, a Prima II locomotive, in standard configuration and hauling wagons with a total weight of 950 tons, entered the Tunnel via the French portal at 22:20 before conducting a series of traction, brake and pantograph tests. Exiting the Tunnel at Folkestone at approximately 03:00, the train then departed for a second series of tests on the return journey to France, ending at approximately 06:00. The tests are in line with Eurotunnel’s ambition to enable the development of standard rail freight services between the UK and continental Europe, that is to say, without the obligation to use the specialized Class 92 locomotives. Prima II can run along all the European freight corridors. 

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