Rolling stock

The fleet

Locomotives Eurotunnel

In 2018, Eurotunnel’s rolling stock fleet comprises:

  • 57 electric locomotives
  • 9 Passenger Shuttles for cars and coaches, i.e. 108 single-deck carrier wagons, 108 double-deck carrier wagons and 38 Bombardier loaders
  • 18 Truck Shuttles:

* 3 WaggonBay Niesky (WBN) Shuttles: 101 carrier wagons and 11 loaders

* 9 Arbel Shuttles: 291 carrier wagons and 29 loaders
* 6 Breda Shuttles: 202 carriers and 21 loaders
* 19 Club car wagons
  • 10 diesel-electric Krupp locomotives
  • 12 Schöma locomotives and 30 works train platform wagons (works train)
  • 6 road-rail vehicles

The locomotives

Locomotive Eurotunnel

All locomotives are of the Bo-Bo-Bo configuration, i.e. they are equipped with three bogies, each with two motorised axles. This provides the dual advantage of excellent adhesion between wheel and rail and improved performance.

Each Eurotunnel Shuttle in operation has two locomotives, one at each end of the shuttle and is almost 800m long.

Out of the fleet of 57 Brush/Bombardier locomotives, 44 have currently a power of 7 megawatts (MW), while the other 13 have an original power of 5.6MW.

The Passenger Shuttles

Eurotunnel Passenger Shuttle

Each of the 9 Eurotunnel Passenger Shuttles consists of two different trains. One has a single deck for coaches, minibuses, caravans and vehicles higher than 1.85m. The other transports cars and motorcycles on a double deck. A complete Passenger Shuttle is made up of 24 carriages and four loading/unloading wagons and can carry 12 coaches and 120 cars.

rEurotunnel Passenger Shuttle

The Passenger Shuttles were built in stainless steel by the Canadian group Bombardier Inc., BN (Belgium) and ANF (France). Carriages have been insulated with materials used in the aeronautic industry, providing the best protection against high thermal variations and able to resist fire for 30 minutes. Each carriage is closed at each end with specially designed fire resistant doors, and equipped with smoke, heat and fire detectors.

The complete renovation of the entire fleet of the Passenger Shuttles by 2025 will allow an increase in reliability and a renewal of the customer experience (connectivity, display, comfort ...).

The Truck Shuttles

Eurotunnel Truck Shuttles

Eurotunnel have a fleet of 18 Truck Shuttles, which 3 new WBN Shuttles, 6 Breda-Fiat Shuttles and 9 of the Arbel type, each made up of 2 locomotives, 3 loading/unloading wagons and 32 or 30 carrier wagons, and each able to accommodate a 44-tonne truck.

For safety and security reasons, truck drivers travel in an amenity carriage called Club Car during the crossing.

The 3 new 3rd generation Truck Shuttles have been built using the latest technology and are interoperable with the existing Shuttle fleet. This investment increases the capacity of our Truck Shuttle offer by 20% and enable, in the long term, to increase the number of departures to 8 per hour and per direction.

Eurotunnel Truck Shuttle (Arbel Shuttle)