The company sees great potential in the Scandinavian market.
Earlier today, an EffiShunter 1000 locomotive ordered by Trainpoint Norway left the CZ LOKO plant for Sweden. A historic first, it will be followed by four more. It is expected to be put into operation in the first months of 2023.
These are only the first steps however, the locomotive has yet to undergo an approval process and CZ LOKO needs to deal with the demanding operating and climatic conditions. The company has experienced these in neighboring Finland, where Fenniarail Oy has been operating six EffiShunter 1600 locomotives (class 774.7) since 2015.
CZ LOKO sees great market potential in Sweden and Norway as rail transport in Scandinavia is going green. In August, the company concluded a delivery contract with AC Finance for five more EffiShunter 1000s. The agreement with the Swedish Railcare subsidiary includes an option for four locomotives. Although the locomotive is based on the serial version, the modifications related mainly to local signaling equipment have been challenging.
CZ LOKO’s ambition is for the EffiShunter 1000 to become the standard shunting locomotive in Scandinavia for the coming decades. The company believes the locomotive is one of the best available in its category on the European rail market.
The four-axle EffiShunter 1000 has established itself in Europe with reliable and economical operation. It is routinely equipped with ETCS. For the Scandinavian market, it will be complemented by the ATC national signaling system. This will enable it to be used for shunting and in full operation on the track. Sweden is the twentieth country to which CZ LOKO exports its locomotives.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.