Marathon train completes diesel test

Project ‘Marathon’ has completed a second phase of tests, this time with diesel locomotives, to trial the operation of 1.5-kilometre freight trains on Europe’s rail network.

Hauled by two Vossloh Euro 4000 diesel locomotives, the train left the Sibel train yard in Lyon on April 12 to begin the next phase of the project.

The 4,000-tonne freight train consists of an two 410-metre sections and a 700-metre tail section.

In January, tests were carried out on two Alstom Class BB 37000 electric locomotives provided by leasing company Akeim.

The project is the result of two years of preparation and static testing.

Backed by the European Union, the aim of the scheme is to see longer trains brought into commercial service by 2016.

Sixteen industry partners from across Europe have contributed to the project.