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High-Performance Locomotive Rh 1216

High-Performance Locomotive

High-Performance Locomotive Rh 1216
for Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB

In 2003, Austrian Federal Railways ordered a design modification of the Rh 1116 that has been available since 1997. The purpose was to extend the scope of application of the universal high-performance locomotives for the European 3 kV network such as exists, for example, in Italy. The three-system locomotive Rh 1216, which has its own class designation, is thus a logical consequence of ÖBB’s Taurus family, following the single- and two-system variants Rh 1016 and Rh 1116.

High-Performance Locomotive Rh 1216

TECHNICAL DATA
Type Rh 1216
Year
2005 – 2007
Wheel arrangement
Bo’Bo’
Power system
AC 15 kV / 16.7 Hz; AC 25 kV / 50 Hz; DC 3 kV
Rating [kW]
6,000
Starting tractive effort [kN]
304
Maximum speed [km/h]
230
Weight [t]
87
Track gauge [mm]
1,435
Numbers built
50

Scope of application

The High-Performance Rh 1216 locomotive is suitable for use in national and international passenger and freight operations. The locomotive was designed to operate on the 15 kV / 16.7 Hz, 25 kV / 50 Hz and 3 kV / DC electrified lines up to 230 km/h. It is thus a perfect solution for the entire European standard gauge network. In addition, it can run – with reduced power – in the 1.5 kV / DC electrified network of the Netherlands and in the south of France.

Technical features

Based on the technical modifications, the vehicle represents another evolutionary step of the Eurosprinter family and combines the proven components of the Rh 1116 with the multi-system functionality of the third-generation Eurosprinter. For example, the quiet and low-maintenance high-performance drive system with separate brake disk shaft is complemented with water-cooled IGBT inverters and the Sibas 32 control system. The Rh 1216 uses the same aerodynamic Taurus design as the Rh 1016 / 1116.

Benefits

The High-Performance Locomotive Rh 1216 is the first European AC / DC-capable, high-speed, high-performance locomotive. It will initially operate in Austria, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. Upon customers‘ request, additional country packages can be implemented for Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Switzerland and other European countries.

Three-System High-Performance Locomotive Rh 1216
for RTS Transport Service GmbH

High-Performance Locomotive Rh 1216-RTS

TECHNICAL DATA
Type Rh 1216
Year
2007
Wheel arrangement
Bo’Bo’
Power system
AC 15 kV / 16.7 Hz; AC 25 kV / 50 Hz; DC 3 kV
Rating [kW]
6,000
Starting tractive effort [kN]
304
Maximum speed [km/h]
230
Weight [t]
87
Track gauge [mm]
1,435
Numbers built
50

As the first private railway operator in Austria, RTS Rail Transport Service GmbH ordered two four-system high-performance locomotives in December 2006. The vehicles are primarily used to haul slag trains between Linz steelworks and the cement plant in Lorüns. Another application is the shuttling of work trains. RTS selected the Siemens locomotives due to the short delivery time of four months, the existing certifications and the widespread maintenance facilities in Austria.

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