German Blue Tiger in Vacha, Germany (1997)
History and design
The prototype was unveiled in 1996.
Initially the axle load was expected to be a light 18 tonnes (17.7 long tons; 19.8 short tons) and the power at ~2,500 kW (3,400 hp). In practice, the German locomotives had an axle load of 21 tonnes (20.7 long tons; 23.1 short tons) (which is normal for this type of diesel locomotive).
For the Pakistani export models a 16-cylinder engine was used.
Bombardier took over AdTranz in 2001, subsequently the Blue Tiger locomotive was shown at InnoTrans in 2002 with a view to European orders. The German production models had a mass of 126 tonnes (124.0 long tons; 138.9 short tons) (axle load 21 tonnes or 20.7 long tons or 23.1 short tons) and an engine power of 2,430 kW (3,260 hp).
As of 2009, the class is no longer listed as a production model by Bombardier; GE lists also lists the family as a former production type. For the European market, Bombardier produces the less powerful diesel variants of the TRAXX family, whilst GE offers variants of its Evolution series for export.
The first orders for the locomotives came from Pakistan Railways in the late 1990s. The locomotives were being built to a gauge of 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) and powered by a 16-cylinder engine of 3,300 horsepower (2,500 kW) instead of the 12-cylinder engine used in the prototype and other production models. The first ten were shipped out, the remainder assembled under license in Pakistan. Pakistan Locomotive Series Start From 6001 to 6030.
All the locomotives were named after capes in Malaysia. In the first decade of operations the locomotives proved more reliable than the Malaysian Class 29 locomotives bought at around the same time.
10 Locomotives were built to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) gauge with a view to leasing or orders.
- Osthannoversche Eisenbahnen (5 units including the prototype)
- ITL Eisenbahngesellschaft (Import Transport Logistik) (2 units)
- Havelländische Eisenbahnen AG (4 units)
A working scale model of this locomotive has been produced by the Slovenian company Mehano in N, TT and HO scale.
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- "Adtranz and GE Transportation Systems.(receives 30-locomotive Blue Tiger order, expect $1 billion in future orders)", Railway Age, January 1997, archived from the original on 11 June 2014
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- "KTM focuses on beefing up rail freight transport capacity", Business Times (Malaysia), 6 January 2003, archived from the original on 25 October 2012
- "Readymade Train Wreck". www.mmail.com.my. The Malay Mail. 10 October 2008. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008.
- Bombardier: Eight Blue Tiger Locomotives Soon To Be In Service For Karsdorfer Eisenbahn (Bombardier press release) canadair.ca
- Blue Tiger Lieferliste 'Blue Tiger' operator list privat-bahn.de
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