The Prima II is completely interoperable, capable of
cross-border operation in Europe, and adaptable to railway
systems worldwide. The first customer for the new Prima
generation was the Moroccan National Railways (ONCF), which
placed an order in November 2007.
The Prima II retains its predecessor's principles of ease of
manufacturing and equipment standardization, and adds even more
modularity. This allows Alstom to meet its customers'
increasingly specific needs and keep delivery times down. Prima
II also incorporates a number of advances, particularly in the
field of mechanics. It has been fitted with the latest
developments in the field of power electronics (IGBT inverters
¹), and is compatible with four different voltages (25 kV,
15 kV, 1,500 V and 3,000 V), thus ensuring cross-border
services throughout Europe. At these voltages, and depending on
the configuration chosen by the customer (freight or passenger
transport), Prima II can attain power levels of between 4 and
6.4 MW, and reach speeds of 120 to 200 km/h.
In addition to its aesthetic appearance, the new Prima II
design incorporates locomotive safety and maintenance
requirements. The large glazed surfaces of the driver's cab
offer unparalleled visibility, while the large side panels are
made to accommodate operators' logos and branding. Special
attention has been paid to comfort – soundproofing for
the driver's cab, air-conditioning, a living area for two
people, etc. As on the AGV, the control panel has been designed
in compliance with European EU-DD recommendations² , the
goal of which is to make it easier for drivers to learn and use
control panels. The locomotive's buffers can absorb the energy
produced by impacts of up to 65 km/h.
Prima II was designed and assembled at the Belfort Locomotive
Centre of Excellence, and benefitted from the expertise of
other Alstom Transport sites in both France (Le Creusot,
Ornans, Tarbes and Villeurbanne) and Belgium (Charleroi).
Alstom is a long-standing player in the locomotive and railway
freight market, and has sold more than 1,750 Prima locomotives
since the line was launched and the first prototype presented
in 1999. In 2000, Syria, Israel, Sri Lanka and Iran were
Alstom's first customers for electric diesel Primas. The SNCF,
France's traditional operator, is using more than 280 Primas
from a total order of 305. In 2006, it ordered an additional
400 diesel locomotives from the Alstom-Siemens consortium.
Veolia Cargo, a new private operator, signed a contract in
October 2005 for 31 electric locomotives. Seven of these are
already in use between Germany and France. More recently,
Alstom delivered the first of 180 electric Prima units ordered
by the Chinese Ministry of Transportation (MOR). These will be
the most powerful locomotives in the world, able to pull up to
20,000 tonnes. An additional 500 six-axle locomotives are under
development, and will be delivered in the coming months by
DELC, Alstom's partner in China.
The first customer for the new Prima generation was the
Moroccan National Railways (ONCF), who placed an order for 20
electric units in November 2007. Starting in 2010, they will be
used throughout the country's rail network for hauling freight
and transporting passengers.
About Alstom Transport
Alstom Transport is a long-standing player in the locomotive
market. Its expertise and strength in the industrial field
means that it is in a position to offer both operators and
passengers a range of products perfectly suited to their
requirements and demands. The new modular generation of Prima
is a reliable and easy-to-maintain locomotive that can be used
anywhere in the world, offering optimal cost of ownership for
operators and maximum comfort for drivers. Over the last
decade, Alstom has built more than 1,400 locomotives in its
plants at Belfort in France.
Laurent Gerbet - Tel. + 33 1 41 66 92 83
¹ IGBT: Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor
² EU-DD: European Driver Desk