140 MTU PowerPacks from Rolls-Royce for CAF regional trains in the north of England

Rolls-Royce is to supply 140 environmentally-friendly MTU Series 1800 PowerPacks to Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF.The PowerPacks, featuring the 6H 1800 R85L engine, meet the stringent demands of the EU Stage IIIB emissions directive.

They are set to power a total of 55 regional trains planned go into service in northern England from December 2018. Arriva Rail North, a subsidiary of the main German rail operator Deutsche Bahn, will operate the trains. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Bernd Krüper, Vice President Industrial Business at MTU, said: “We are delighted at having been able, once again, to convince demanding customers in the rail sector of the performance and reliability of our innovative, proven traction solutions.”

The MTU PowerPacks for CAF will deliver 390 kW of power output. A built-in SCR unit will reduce the amount of nitrogen oxide produced, thereby meeting the strict requirements of the EU Stage IIIB emissions directive. Key characteristics of the Series 1800 engines include their high power density and low levels of consumption.

The 55 newly developed British Rail Class 195 diesel railcars – comprising 25 two-car and 30 three-car vehicles – are planned to be used on the future Northern Connect network in the north of England. Northern Connect will link the major cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle with other towns and cities in the region, including Chester, Barrow-in-Furness, Nottingham and Hull. The trains will reach maximum speeds of 160 kilometres per hour.

MTU’s innovative traction and service solutions have been a staple feature of rail transport in the UK for over 60 years now, with more than 1,000 MTU engines currently used in passenger trains in Great Britain.

The British Rail Class 195 trains represent the largest of several joint rail projects between Rolls-Royce and CAF: In Northern Ireland, Italy (Sardinia) and Saudi Arabia, for example, CAF trains were also equipped with MTU engines.


About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. We operate across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 10,000 people. The product portfolio includes MTU-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. Under the MTU Onsite Energy brand, the company markets diesel gensets for emergency, base load and peak load applications as well as cogeneration plants using gas engines for the combined generation of heat and power. Bergen medium-speed engines power ships and power generation applications. L’Orange completes the portfolio with fuel injection systems for large engines.

Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.

We have three common themes across all our businesses:

Investing in and developing engineering excellence.

Driving a manufacturing and supply chain transformation which will embed operational excellence in lean, lower-cost facilities and processes.

Leveraging our installed base, product knowledge and engineering capabilities to provide customers with outstanding service through which we can capture aftermarket value long into the future.

Annual underlying revenue was £13.4 billion in 2015, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £76.4 billion at the end of 2015.

In 2015, Rolls-Royce invested £1.2 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.

Rolls-Royce employs over 50,000 people in more than 46 countries. Nearly 16,000 of these are engineers.

The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2015 we employed 228 graduates and 277 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.