CZ LOKO already has experience from Finland, where EffiShunter 1600 locomotives run beyond the Arctic Circle
Sweden will become the twentieth country to be followed by the locomotive of the CZ LOKO engineering plant in České Třebíč. Specifically, it is an EffiShunter 1000 locomotive ordered by the Norwegian company Trainpoint Norway. According to the contract, it will take over the new machine later this year, followed by testing and trial operation during the first half of 2022. The approval process is due to be completed by the end of next year. Approval should also follow in Norway. CZ LOKO announced this today in a press release, stating that it sees the first delivery as a key reference for both markets.
“We see great market potential in Sweden and Norway. We know from the negotiations that there are more than a hundred (often decades old) locomotives. Their operation will become more and more demanding not only due to age, but also the absence of ETCS. These locomotives will need to be replaced in the coming years, and we want to be there. “ said Jan Kutálek, Sales Director of CZ LOKO. CZ LOKO has experience with operation in Arctic conditions from Finland, where the local carrier Fenniarail with EffiShunter 1600 locomotives travels beyond the Arctic Circle.
For operation on Swedish lines, the four-axle EffiShunter 1000 will be powered by a CAT C32 internal combustion engine, equipped with a national ATC interlocking system and a single European ETCS interlocking. This will enable its use on the shift even in a full-fledged line service.
“CZ LOKO convinced us with a wide range of locomotives and the possibility of modular modifications for specific operating conditions in the northern regions of Scandinavia. We like the exchange packet system. In the future, we expect to replace the internal combustion engine with batteries. We also appreciate that CZ LOKO has started working on a new generation of green locomotives, such as the HybridShunter 400 and DualShunter 2000, “ said Hans Sørum, Director of Trainpoint Norway.
According to CZ LOKO, new generation locomotives using “green” technologies could reach local railway carriers.