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RTC EU43  
in short
The eight EU43s running for Rail Traction Company (RTC) came from a order for fifty modern electrics placed by the Polish railways in 1996. Due to an unclear combination of financial, contractual and technical difficulties, Bombardier had to find an alternative customer for these machines. They were taken over from Bombardier (Adtranz at that time) in 2001 and 2002.
8 locomotives
originally built for PKP
delivered to RTC in 2001-2002
> designation EU43-001 to 008
Bombardier official website:
RTC EU43: news  
open news
2016-05-29 [IT] RTC EU43 in blue 'zebra' design
open news
2016-03-23 [IT] Second RTC EU43 in zebra livery
open news
2016-01-13 [IT] First RTC EU43 in 'zebra' red [updated]
open news
2015-08-07 [IT] Bombardier completed repair of RTC's EU43-001
open news
2013-01-22 [IT] FuoriMuro hires EU43 locomotives [updated]
open news
2012-06-06 [IT] RTC train derails at Bressanone / Brixen
open news
2012-05-17 [AT/IT] RTC EU 43 homologation trials in Austria
RTC EU43: background  
By February 2001, Italian operator RTC had a license for both domestic Italian and international freight services, however, the more complex process of obtaining safety certification was not completed until October 2001. In that period, RTC was searching for locomotives to start its services with, something that proved to be difficult when you are one of the first open-access operators in the area. That made the superfluous EU43s an unique opportunity for RTC to obtain eight units that got exactly that configuration needed for international services between Italy and Austria, as they were dual-system units for both the 3 kV DC and 15 kV AC catenary systems.

With some hick-ups commercial services with the EU43s started on 01.12.2001. As the base design of the EU43s had Italian roots (they are based on the Trenitalia E412 series design), it was relativily easy to adjust them for this new customer. Only the cab interior orientation (from right to left) had to be changed, together with technical parameters, but the construction could stay the same. In the end, RTC took over all eight units. - source: Eisenbahn Revue / Railwaygazette

Up til now (March 2011), RTC only uses the EU43s on Italian soil. Geniune multi-system usage is therefore still out of the question. All eight machines still run under their original Polish designation, with a supplemental RT-marking (identifier for RTC) up front, obligatory for running in Italy. At this moment seven units have a two-tone green-blueish livery with RTC logo. Only unit EU43-007 still has the orginal PKP-livery, with red painted cabs.

As EU43-001 to 003 were built by Adtranz in Vado Ligure, they have works numbers of this factory: 7468-7470. The five units assembled in Poland, using kits from Vado Ligure, have different numbers on their factory shields. For example unit 005: Type 112E - Nr 05 - Rok 2000. - Bombardier

RTC EU43: technical specs  
Product name Eco 2000 / 112E
Product description asynchrone multi system electric locomotive
Power system 3 kV DC and 15kV AC
Length 19.400 mm
Wheel base 11.400 mm
No. axles / Axle arrangement: 4 / Bo' Bo'
Track gauge 1435 mm
Total weight 87 tonnes
Top speed 200 kph
Power rating 6.000 kW (3kV DC) and 5.500 kW (15kV AC)
Max. starting tractive effort 300 kN
RTC EU43: select your locomotive  
Adtranz 7468 1998 112E Bo'Bo'-el EU43-001 13 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Adtranz 7469 1998 112E Bo'Bo'-el EU43-002 16 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Adtranz 7470 ? 112E Bo'Bo'-el EU43-003 13 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Bombardier 112E 04 2001 112E Bo'Bo'-el EU43-004 22 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Adtranz 112E 05 2000 112E Bo'Bo'-el EU43-005 12 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Bombardier 112E 06 2001 112E Bo'Bo'-el EU43-006 26 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Bombardier 112E 07 2001 112E Bo'Bo'-el EU43-007 29 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Adtranz 112E 08 ? 112E Bo'Bo'-el EU43-008 19 picture(s) available     graphics available