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Alstom's Prima range: a locomotive for every need

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Alstom has been manufacturing locomotives for more than 100 years with the first electric locomotive produced in 1926. Today, Alstom has sold 2,400 locomotives (or more than 3,600 sections) from its Prima range since 2000.

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Alstom's Prima range: a locomotive for every need

  1. 1. Alstom Communications Alstom’s Prima range: a locomotive for every need More than 140,000 locomotives are currently in operation worldwide and the market is growing by 3%1 annually on average. Alstom has been manufacturing locomotives for more than 100 years with the first electric locomotive produced in 1926. Today, Alstom has sold 2,400 locomotives (or more than 3,600 sections) from its Prima range since 2000. Alstom offers for the Prima locomotives a complete service to support operation, including parts supply, heavy maintenance or full service offers. Thanks to constant investment in R&D since its origins (locomotives being Alstom’s initial core activity), Alstom has developed a range of offering a sustainable alternative with the strongest traction capacity in the world. Prima locomotives can be adapted to all climate conditions, compliant with EN, TSI2 , GOST3 , Chinese and Indian standards, and use multiple power sources with high energy efficiency. Prima technologies and subsystems are also used in locomotives developed with partners, like bogies and traction drives in TMH locomotives for Russia. Heavy Freight: Prima T6 and T8 The Prima T6 and T8 locomotives are based on a modular platform designed to provide operators with the most suitable solutions for heavy freight services. With 6 and 8 axles repectively, the Prima T6 and T8 locomotives feature high tractive effort. They ensure the highest efforts under electrified networks, with appropriate comfort and maximum safety to run on long distance with heavy freight trains. Long distance requires appropriate driver comfort: large cabin equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, floor heating, comfortable heated seats and footrests, and other options are available according to customer needs. Prima T8 has versions adapted to the different regulatory contexts of the heavy freight on electrified lines: CIS, China, India… Including the adaptations to harsh winter conditions and extreme cold of down to -50ºC, dessert dust or humid and hot environments. KZ8A and the AZ8A are versions of the Prima T8 and are capable of hauling up to 9,000 tonnes and running at 120 km/h. 1 Source UNIFE 2 European norms 3 CIS norms PRESS KIT
  2. 2. 2 Multi-purpose: Prima M4 The Prima M4 novelty lies in its specific modular design which copes with customer adaptation, low maintenance cost and high operational performances also in extreme climates. Prima M4 is one of the most versatile, in terms of applications, electric locomotive in the world. They offer adapted solutions to the operator’s needs: freight, passenger and mix versions; 140, 160 and 200 km/h; proven winterisation option; train power supply and other passenger options. The locomotives has 4 axles and can be adapted to different regulatory contexts like those in: Europe (TSI, EN), CIS (GOST), China and India. KZ4AT and AZ4A locomotives are recent examples of Prima M4’s flexible platform adapted to extreme climate conditions. The universal driver desk can be customised according to operator needs and local regulation offering optimum human machine interface and high levels of comfort for the driver. It also reduces training differences between different Alstom mainline rolling stock.. The installed power can go from 4.2 MW up to 6.4 MW still guaranteeing reduced power consumption and maintenance costs. The Prima M4 is available with ETCS and multi-country signalling systems for interoperability on European freight and passenger corridors. Shunting and works: Prima H3 and H4 Both Prima H3 and Prima H4 offer multiple variants of power sources to suit each operator’s needs: battery mode (H3 only), hybrid mode (diesel and battery), bi-mode (diesel and electric), double engines and bi-mode battery (electric and battery, H4 only). The Prima H3 family is based on a modular platform designed to provide operators the most suitable solutions for shunting services. The Prima H3 novelty lies in its specific three-axle design which copes with both low maintenance costs and high operational performances. The Prima H3 is environmentally friendly. It consumes up to 50 percent less fuel than conventional shunting locomotives. Moreover, its new technology helps to reduce exhaust emission (nitrogen dioxide) by up to 70 percent. Developed for future emission standards, the 350 kW diesel generator complies with emission standard stage IIIB4. The Prima H3 spends 50 to 75 percent of its operating time in battery mode, thus making emission-free rail transport possible, e.g. in city centres or production halls. The Prima H3 is developed and manufactured in Germany. At the beginning of 2017, Prima H3 has been delivered homologation certificate to operate at up to 100 km/h in Germany, opening the way to mainline operations. The Prima H3 hybrid locomotives are now used by 11 customers in Germany and Switzerland, including Volkswagen, Deutsche Bahn, Audi, InfraLeuna, Mitteldeutsche Eisenbahn Gesellschaft (MEG), Chemion and SBB Cargo. 4 latest European standard for emission reduction
  3. 3. 3 The Prima H4 family, shunting locos with 4 axles, offers technical performances, easy maintenance and driver’s comfort. It can operate safely at speeds up to 120 km/h. It can thus be easily integrated into traffic flow for mainline services or transiting between sites. 47 Prima H4 have been sold to SBB Infra Their version belongs to Alstom’s new Prima H4 dual-mode platform for shunting and track works. The Prima H4 bi-modal locomotive is powered by an electric traction system and to diesel generators. The two power generators, coupled with an automatic start-stop system, enable a 20% reduction in fuel consumption compared with a single engine diesel locomotive. The locomotive has been designed to optimize maintenance cycles, thus reducing life cycle costs. It is fitted with ETCS. They are developed and manufactured in Belford, France. The Prima H4 loco can manoeuvre heavier trains than the Prima H3 (heavy freight trains in shunting yards, around 2000-2500 tons or more) and can run easily on main lines.