EU43-005 von RTC in Mori

EU43-005 der Rail Traction Company fährt mit einem Schrottzug durch Mori.

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    The eight EU43s running for Rail Traction Company (RTC) came from a order for fifty modern electrics placed by the Polish railways in 1996. Due to an unclear combination of financial, contractual and technical difficulties, Bombardier had to find an alternative customer for these machines. They were taken over from Bombardier (Adtranz at that time) in 2001 and 2002.

    8 locomotives
    originally built for PKP
    delivered to RTC in 2001-2002
    > designation EU43-001 to 008

    RTC EU43: background
    By February 2001, Italian operator RTC had a license for both domestic Italian and international freight services, however, the more complex process of obtaining safety certification was not completed until October 2001. In that period, RTC was searching for locomotives to start its services with, something that proved to be difficult when you are one of the first open-access operators in the area. That made the superfluous EU43s an unique opportunity for RTC to obtain eight units that got exactly that configuration needed for international services between Italy and Austria, as they were dual-system units for both the 3 kV DC and 15 kV AC catenary systems.

    With some hick-ups commercial services with the EU43s started on 01.12.2001. As the base design of the EU43s had Italian roots (they are based on the Trenitalia E412 series design), it was relativily easy to adjust them for this new customer. Only the cab interior orientation (from right to left) had to be changed, together with technical parameters, but the construction could stay the same. In the end, RTC took over all eight units. – source: Eisenbahn Revue / Railwaygazette

    Up til now (March 2011), RTC only uses the EU43s on Italian soil. Geniune multi-system usage is therefore still out of the question. All eight machines still run under their original Polish designation, with a supplemental RT-marking (identifier for RTC) up front, obligatory for running in Italy. At this moment seven units have a two-tone green-blueish livery with RTC logo. Only unit EU43-007 still has the orginal PKP-livery, with red painted cabs.

    As EU43-001 to 003 were built by Adtranz in Vado Ligure, they have works numbers of this factory: 7468-7470. The five units assembled in Poland, using kits from Vado Ligure, have different numbers on their factory shields. For example unit 005: Type 112E – Nr 05 – Rok 2000. – Bombardier

    RTC EU43: technical specs
    Product name Eco 2000 / 112E
    Product description asynchrone multi system electric locomotive
    Power system 3 kV DC and 15kV AC
    Length 19.400 mm
    Wheel base 11.400 mm
    No. axles / Axle arrangement: 4 / Bo‘ Bo‘
    Track gauge 1435 mm
    Total weight 87 tonnes
    Top speed 200 kph
    Power rating 6.000 kW (3kV DC) and 5.500 kW (15kV AC)
    Max. starting tractive effort 300 kN

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