Bombardier locomotives - Octeon platform E464 FS (ADtranz)                                                         
1999 - 2013  - The E464
Octeon is the new modular platform of ADtranz which begins in 1996 by the E464 . The delivery took a long period of time, which covers 1999 to 2013 as follow :  
3kV
50
3kV
90
3kV
100
3kV
10
3kV
48
3kV
100
3kV
150
3kV
1
3kV
100
3kV
50
3kV
29
Started by ABB and Adtranz, the command continued under the brand Bombardier and makes this machine one of the icons Trenitalia. The E464 is the result of a project launched by the Italian railways in the 80's to built of a serie of locomotives with modular structure that can be adapted to different mission profiles (shuttle, interregional and freight). In 1994 what is still called FS mandated ABB-Italy to develop and build a new locomotive : to reduce costs, ABB taken as a basis the developing of the E412, as we saw earlier. The E464, however, differs from the E412 by the installed power and, incidentally, by the application of a new livery called "XMPR" that characterizes the current Trenitalia time. Advanced technological solutions, such as the water-cooled inverter traction system, allows a decrease in operating costs of the vehicle and result in power savings and less rail wear. The locomotive is able to apply its total mass of 72 tonnes to adhesion, developing a continuous power of 3,000 kW at the wheels, up to a speed of 160 km/h. The body rests on two bogies, each having two axles. Each axle is equipped with a three-phase asynchronous (AC) motor. A great difference with E412 is also the absence of one of the two cabs saw the widespread use of the E464 with the reversible trains. In 2013, 29 machines have been still ordered at Bombardier, reaching since 1999 the figure of 700 engines in circulation.
Above : class  E464-562 at Venezia, 29 march 2013  (photo Peter Broster via flickr -CC BY 2.0)
The particular design of a E464 with only one driving cab, for the reversibility  (photo NicoMangialardo via flickr -CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)