CZ Loko handed over the first of two EffiShunter 1000M locomotives ordered by CER Cargo Holding, at its plant in Jihlava, the capital of the Vysočina Region. The second locomotive will be put into operation in September this year.
Through its subsidiary CER Slovakia, CER Cargo Holding plans to use the first locomotive, in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The second locomotive will be operated primarily by CER Hungary. Due to the expansion of business activities, it is planned to be deployed also in Hungary and Croatia.
The EffiShunter 1000M locomotives are equipped with the Indusi and Mirel safety systems as standard. If necessary, they can also be fitted with ETCS.
“Providing a reliable and well-functioning independent traction on the Hungarian and Slovak markets is of strategic importance for us. Due to the specifics of the local market and the railway network, independent traction gives us a clear competitive advantage. That is why the CER group is expanding its diesel fleet with reliable CZ Loko locomotives,” László Horváth, Chairman of the Board of CER Cargo Holding, said.
The Hungarian operator currently owns a locomotive fleet comprising three types of vehicles manufactured by the Czech manufacturer – EffiLiner 1600, EffiLiner 3000 and EffiShunter 1600 locomotives.
“Our locomotives have a huge potential in Hungary. After all, this is the fourth type of locomotive that we have delivered to CER Cargo Holding over the last three years,” Josef Gulyás, General Director of CZ Loko said.
The EffiShunter 1000M locomotives is a result of a complex upgrade of old ČKD Class 742 locomotives, in which CZ Loko used its experience from the production of other types from its portfolio. In terms of design, the locomotive is built on the platform of the original Class 742 locomotives. The changes include hoods with a turret cab or a CAT 3508 C diesel engine with an output of 1000 kW.
CZ Loko is currently fully producing a 50-unit series for ČD Cargo.