ISC (Interporto Servizi Cargo) is the main rail freight operator in the Campania region in southern Italy. The project: to operate semi-trailer trains on the Milan–Rome line. At the moment, this type of operation is impossible due to the incompatibility between the height of semi-trailers and that of tunnels. To get round this technical difficulty, ISC’s idea was to use the Bologna–Florence high-speed line during the night. To do so, ISC succeeded in meeting two critical requirements:
- obtain authorisation from the RFI, the Italian infrastructure manager, for night-time use of the high-speed line (a 10-year agreement was obtained in April 2017);
- have at its disposal multisystem locomotives (3 kv DC and 25 kv AC) with dynamic transition between SCMT and ETCS train protection systems; the locos would be needed at project start-up in 2019.
The 10 locomotives provided for in the contract – with an option for six more – will be developed on Bombardier’s latest MS3 platform and will be delivered between July 2019 and December 2020.