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Veolia Cargo E37500  
in short
1st order
Veolia Cargo, rail freight operator and part of the Veolia Transportation group, was the only open-access rail operator in Europe that purchased first generation Prima electrics. To be sure of a fast and smooth homologation process in France and Germany, Veolia demanded machines that were 100% identical to the BB 37000 series of Fret-SNCF, the freight operator of French national railways, that already had its approval.

As the activities of Veolia were booming, the initial Prima order of three was extended three times, growing up to 31 new units. However, the contract of extension three and four was renegotiated before delivery. CBRail decided to finance 16 units. Veolia hired six of them, the rest was available to other customers of CBRail. In August 2009, Veolia had 15 E 37500s to its disposition.

The end of Veolia Cargo
In 2010 everything changed. Veolia decided to sell all its rail freight activities to strenghten its financial position; the economical crisis of 2008 was there. All French activities were sold to Eurotunnel, the international divisions were acquired by Fret-SNCF. It started a complicated process during which the new owners had to integrate all Veolia divisions into their own corporate structure.

As a result, the fleet of 15 E 37500s was torn apart. Units 501-505 and 509 were sold to Europorte, subsidiary of Eurotunnel. The other nine locomotives ended up by VC Holding, part of SNCF Geodis.

Nevertheless, the Veolia E 37500 story was over.

 
 
3 locomotives
order date xx.xx.2005
delivery period 08.2006 - 10.2006
homologated for France and Germany
> designation E 37 501 - E 37 503
 
2nd order
4 locomotives
order date xx.xx.2006
delivery period 01.2007 - 07.2007
homologated for France and Germany
> designation E 37 504 - E 37 507
 
3rd / 4th order
10 / 14 locomotives
The designated E 37 508 - E 37 531 were ordered by Veolia in 2007, but before the delivery started leasing company CBRail agreed on financing 16 of 24 units. These machines, partly available to other operators than Veolia have got their own section. The eight machines that were directly delivered to Veolia were 37 509, 511, 513, 515, 524, 529, 530 and 531.
 
operator official website:
http://www.veolia-transport.com
Alstom official website:
http://www.transport.alstom.com
   
Veolia E37500: news  
2010
open news
2010-01-31 [FR] Europorte presents its new corporate structure/identity..
open news
2010-01-26 [EU] Railcolor Short
2009
open news
2009-07-11 [IT/FR/DE] various homologation news
open news
2009-06-26 [FR/DE] E 37500 whereabouts
open news
2009-04-23 [FR] and already the very last Prima
open news
2009-04-21 [FR] one Prima to go..
open news
2009-04-01 [FR] THREE new Primas
2008
open news
2008-11-27 [FR/DE/CH] current situation Veolia Prima locomotives
open news
2008-08-29 [FR] red vs white
open news
2008-07-18 [FR] New Primas
open news
2008-03-29 [FR] Veolia latest Prima
open news
2008-01-31 [CH] latest Prima representatives on trial in Switzerland
Veolia Cargo E37500: Technical Specs  
Product name Prima EL3U
Product description asynchrone multi-system electric freight locomotive
Power system 1,5kV DC / 15kV AC / 25kV AC
Total length 19.520 mm
Wheel base 10.600 mm
no. axles / Axle arrangement: 4 / Bo' Bo'
Track gauge 1435 mm
Total weight 89 tonnes
Axle load 22,25 tonnes
Top speed 140 kph (FR) / 120 kph (DE/CH)
Power rating 4.200 kW
Veolia Cargo E37500: Select your Locomotive:  
Veolia Cargo was sold to Eurotunnel and Fret-SNCF in 2010. All Veolia units were sold to parts of these two companies.

Alstom CON 001 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37501 18 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Alstom CON 002 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37502 15 picture(s) available        
Alstom CON 003 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37503 12 picture(s) available        
Alstom CON 004 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37504 8 picture(s) available        
Alstom CON 005 2006 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37505 17 picture(s) available        
Alstom CON 006 2007 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37506 24 picture(s) available        
Alstom CON 007 2007 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37507 18 picture(s) available        
Alstom CON 009 2008 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37509 16 picture(s) available        
Alstom CON 011 2008 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37511 24 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Alstom CON 013 2008 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37513 20 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Alstom CON 015 2008 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37515 14 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Alstom CON 024 2009 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37524 17 picture(s) available        
Alstom CON 029 2009 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37529 7 picture(s) available        
Alstom CON 030 2009 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37530 32 picture(s) available        
Alstom CON 031 2009 Prima EL3U Bo'Bo'-el E 37531 19 picture(s) available