Slovakia’s Prvá Slovenská železničná (PSŽ) has purchased two EffiShunter 1000 locomotives from CZ LOKO to expand its fleet in Romania and Hungary.
PSŽ and CZ LOKO signed the contract for this purchase at the CZ LOKO plant in Jihlava, Czech Republic where the locomotives will be manufactured.
Both new vehicles will be delivered at the start of 2025.
“The shortage of diesel locomotives and the increased volume of transports in Romania and Hungary, especially on non-electrified lines, accelerated our decision to buy two EffiShunters. The decisive criterion, besides quality, was extending the interoperability of this type of locomotive to Romania.”
In addition to its operations in Romania and Hungary, PSŽ also transports goods in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The carrier’s interoperable locomotives and ability to use one licence in these four EU countries removes the need to switch locomotives at border stations, thus accelerating and simplifying freight transportation.
PSŽ also has two other CZ LOKO vehicles in its fleet: an EffiLiner 1600 diesel locomotive and an EffiLiner 3000 electric locomotive, which can run under the 3 kV DC and 25 kV AC current systems.
“The new contract confirms the success of the EffiShunter 1000 locomotive on the international market. For us, its deployment on Romanian lines is another big challenge. Romania will become the sixth country where this locomotive can be operated.”
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