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  • 01. March 2021
  • Press Release | Alpha Trains

Latest generation of six-axle locomotives completes Alpha Trains’ locomotive portfolio

Alpha Trains delivers EURO4001 locomotives to CAPTRAIN France

  • Alpha Trains expands business in France
  • Latest generation of diesel-electric locomotives fulfils the most stringent exhaust emissions
  • Long term leasing contract with SNCF subsidiary CAPTRAIN France

Antwerp/Paris/Valencia, 1 March 2021 - CAPTRAIN France, a subsidiary of SNCF and one of the largest transport companies in Europe, leases new EURO4001 diesel-electric locomotives from Alpha Trains. Eight of the nine locomotives have been delivered and in the course of March all assets should be handed over to the customer. The EURO4001 are equipped with ETCS BL2/KVB/TBL1+ which permit the operation in France and Belgium.

The EURO4001 locomotives have been manufactured in the Stadler plant at Albuixech, Valencia. This locomotive type is an evolution of the successful EURO4000 locomotive, of which Alpha Trains owns 30 locomotives and which have proven to be highly reliable and which are leased to multiple operators in Spain and Portugal.

Stéphane Derlincourt, Chief Executive Officer of CAPTRAIN France said: “These new locomotives will complete CAPTRAIN France’s fleet, which will thus be able to offer its customers, current and future, additional capacities with the guarantee of optimal operational efficiency and quality service, thus directly contributing to strengthening their competitiveness in France and in Europe.”

Alpha Trains has a long-standing partnership with both, Stadler Valencia and CAPTRAIN France. Fernando Pérez, Managing Director of Alpha Trains Locomotives, said: “We are pleased to be part of the success stories of our partners and offer our customers these state-of-the-art locomotives which are characterized by flexibility, high hauling capacity, low fuel consumption and reduced operational costs. Adding this powerful EURO4001 to our portfolio strengthens our market share in France and underscores our ambition to provide the most innovative and efficient solutions.”

The Euro4001 has a high power diesel engine rated at 2,800Kw, which fulfils the most stringent exhaust emissions (EC 26/2004 Stage IIIB) and benefits from state of the art AC/AC technology to transfer traction independently to each of the six axles.

During the manufacturing process of the EURO4001, SNCF Group restructured its freight operations in France and renamed its subsidiary VFLI to CAPTRAIN France. VFLI’s red corporate livery on the new EURO4001 got replaced by the lime green CAPTRAIN France branding – a perfect match to Alpha Trains.

About CAPTRAIN France

Since its creation in 1998, CAPTRAIN France, part of the SNCF national rail group, has become the 3rd most important player in the rail freight market. CAPTRAIN France operates over 60 regular commercial train services each day on the national rail network (RFN), manages and performs logistic operations on its clients" industrial sites and railway spurs and also provides know-how, rolling stock and heavy machinery to companies working in the field of railtrack repairs, renovation and replacement. A dynamic company that enjoys sustained growth, CAPTRAIN France employs around 1000 members of staff including 300 train drivers and 130 ground operators. In 2020, CAPTRAIN France conveyed more than 4 billion tonne-kilometres of goods and generated turnover of € 160 million.

Contact CAPTRAIN France
Delphine Grangier
Communication & Employer Brand Manager
Phone: +33 (0)6 61 52 78 77

About Alpha Trains

Alpha Trains is the leading rolling stock lessor in Continental Europe. 125 employees from 15 countries work in offices in Luxembourg, Antwerp, Cologne, Madrid and Paris. Alpha Trains owns more than 850 locomotives and passenger trains and offers tailor-made leasing solutions, comprehensive know-how in maintenance and vehicle repairs as well as long-term experience in the financing of new build projects. Alpha Trains" fleets are in use by many public and private operators in 17 European countries. Alpha Trains" shareholders are Arcus European Trains, AMP Capital Investors and Infra-PSP.

Contact Alpha Trains Group
Heike Zimmermann
Group Head of PR & Marketing
Telefon: +49 221 9140 9063

About Stadler

Stadler has been building trains for over 75 years. The provider of rail vehicle construction solutions has its headquarters in Bussnang in eastern Switzerland. It has a workforce of around 12,000 based in various production and engineering locations as well as more than 40 service locations. The company is conscious of its social responsibility for sustainable mobility and therefore stands for innovative, sustainable and durable quality products. The product range in the field of mainline railways and city transport includes high-speed trains, intercity trains, regional and suburban trains, metros, tramways and trams. Stadler also manufactures main-line locomotives, shunting locomotives and passenger carriages. It is the world’s leading manufacturer in the rack-and-pinion rail vehicle industry.

Contact Stadler Rail Group
Andreas Petrosino

Deputy Head of Communications & PR
Phone: +41 71 626 89 44

Contact Stadler Rail Valencia
Juan A. Delgado
Head of Business Development, Marketing & Communications
Phone: +34 96 1415257