SPAIN: Test running is under way with the first of two Euro 4000 diesel locos being supplied to Comsa Rail by Vossloh España under a contract awarded in 2006.

Powered by a 16-cylinder EMD 710G3 engine, the 4 250 hp loco can be fitted with up to three train protection systems for cross-border operation. The Euro 4000 is being certified for operation in Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

Vossloh España reports that it now has orders for a total of 45 locos from seven customers, including Portuguese open-access operator Cargo Rail and new locomotive leasing company Allco. The biggest customer is Angel Trains, which ordered 18 locos in 2006 and subseqently exercised an option for a further 12.

Euro 4000 locomotive orders

Comsa Spain 2
Angel Trains 30
Continental Rail Spain 4
Allco 2
Cargo Rail Portugal 7