May 02, 2018

First train for Dakar TER on test

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First train for Dakar TER on test Alstom

DYNAMIC testing of the first Coradia Polyvalent bi-mode (diesel/25kV ac electric) multiple unit for the Dakar Express Regional Rail (TER) project has begun at Alstom’s Reichshoffen plant in eastern France.

The fleet of 15 160km/h trains will be used on the 57km standard-gauge line from Dakar city centre to Diamniadio and the new Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) near Ndiass. The 14-station line is forecast to carry around 115,000 passengers a day, with a 46-minute journey time between the terminus stations.

Each 72m-long four-car will accommodate around 400 passengers.

The trains are equipped with D2676 LE264 diesel engines supplied by MAN. The single-stage turbocharged and common-rail engines have a maximum output of 353kW at 1800rpm.

Alstom says it will carry out around 6000 serial tests and 50 validation tests before the train is shipped to Senegal.