CZ LOKO has delivered the first of three EffiShunter 600 locomotives to Slovakian seamless steel pipe manufacturer, Železiarne Podbrezová.
The remaining locomotives will be delivered at the end of March and the beginning of April to fully modernise Železiarne Podbrezová’s fleet.
The modern EffiShunters 600 were created by reusing the bogies and frames from forty-year-old ČKD Class T448 shunting locomotives.
They will be deployed on Železiarne Podbrezová’s sidings for steel operations, and are expected to save the company significant operating and maintenance costs.
“Železiarne Podbrezová is the first Slovakian siding operator to opt for a complete modernisation of its locomotive fleet. For us, this means a huge commitment to meet customer expectations in the demanding conditions of steelworks.”
CZ LOKO’s latest series of EffiShunter 600 locomotives have reduced fuel costs of around 25 percent compared to its 2015 models.
In addition, they offer lower failure rates and higher operational reliability, thus reducing routine maintenance costs.
“The management of the joint stock company Železiarne Podbrezová decided to invest in the modernisation of three locomotives because of their wear and tear, after more than 40 years of demanding operation. From the modernisation we expect mainly higher operational reliability, lower operating costs and lower maintenance costs. In this way we will extend the life cycle of the locomotives and improve the working conditions of our drivers.”
The new locomotives will be powered by a 563kW Caterpillar C18 diesel engine that meets EU Stage V emission standards.
The fleet will be managed by the MyLOKO electronic system, which provides online access to speedometer and operating data.
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