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Railway Gazette: Traxx UK aimed at two franchises
UK: Bombardier is targetting Greater Anglia and InterCity East Coast as possible customers for a UK version of its successful Traxx electric locomotive family. According to Alberto Lacchini, Director, Sales, in Bombardier's Locomotives Business Unit, `we are well advanced in the design and are ready to launch the product'.

Bombardier believes that the Traxx P200 AC UK Bo-Bo electric locomotive fitted with a `last mile' diesel engine would offer `a lot of value for money' for UK operators such as Greater Anglia. Whereas the MkIII coaches used on London - Norwich inter-city services are `excellent' vehicles that may last for another 20 years, the Class 90 locomotives will need to be replaced before that.



*Lunatic*, n.
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by DoDo on Fri Jun 17th, 2011 at 02:46:33 PM EST
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It surprises me that last-mile diesel is cheaper than full electrification.  Have I said that before?
by njh on Sat Jun 18th, 2011 at 12:01:10 AM EST
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If you are a company with a single industrial access track buying a loco for your own transports, sure electrification is cheaper. If you are an open-access carrier hoping to serve several sites of several companies, sure an electric loco with last-mile diesel generator is cheaper. On a policy level, that's another example of the fact that market setup is not technology-independent.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Jun 18th, 2011 at 02:50:39 AM EST
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Is that because some of the last miles would not be electrified at all and would otherwise require a change of locomotive?

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by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sat Jun 18th, 2011 at 03:15:29 AM EST
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