After the roll-out of 753 601-603 in 2012 and 753 604 in 2013, which are all in service for SD-KD now, it became quiet for a few years. This changed with the delivery of 753 605 to SD-KD in August 2017 and now the story continues with locomotive 753 606. On 12 October, it was seen on test in the colors of Unipetrol Doprava. A picture of the locomotive can be found here.
In June 2017, the four Alpha Trains EURO 4000 for Medway Logistics were officially delivered, all in the black and yellow Medway livery and with Medway service numbers and names:
E 5033 'Matilde'
E 5034 'Adriana'
E 5035 'Ana Filipa'
E 5036 'Marina'
In the meantime, E 5035 has been given a different name. Instead of Ana Filipa it is now called Sara.
In August 2017, DB Cargo UK offered a batch of ten Class 66 locomotives for sale as part of a fleet rationalization. The ten involved were 66008, 66016, 66046, 66058, 66081, 66132, 66141, 66184, 66238 and 66250. It has now been indicated that GB Railfreight is in the process of acquiring the ten locomotives from DB Cargo and that the deal is to be finalized in the very near future.
GBRf 66725 has been repainted into the latest GB Railfreight livery by Arlington Fleet Services at Eastleigh Works. Previously, it carried the defunct First GBRf livery.
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At the Expo Ferroviaria 2017 trade fair in Milan, CZ LOKO could announce that its Class 741.7 locomotive had received full approval by ANSF (Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza delle Ferrovie). The approval concerns the certification of the type according to the ANSF 1/2015 decree for the approval of shunting locomotives.
Several Italian operators have decided to add the type to its fleet in recent years, steadily raising the number of Class 741.7 locomotives in Italy to seven. Recently, Dinazzano Po decided to expand its 741.7 fleet to four by ordering another two locomotives, to be delivered in early-2018. Earlier, it had already decided to extend the initial two-year hire contract of the first two machines by another two years, after which it will purchase the locomotives from CZ LOKO. An overview of all 741.7 locomotives currently in Italy:
Dinazzano Po: 741 701-7 and 707-4 (2 more on order)
SerFer: 741 710-8
Terminali Italia: 741 737-1 and 738-9
Francesco Ventura Costruzioni Ferroviarie: 741 741-3 and 741 742-1
Freightliner PL's fleet of Class 66 locomotives is growing steadily. As of October 2017, the operator has ex-Ascendos Rail Leasing PB 08 on lease from Beacon Rail Leasing.
At the Expo Ferroviaria in Milan, CZ LOKO showcases EffiShunter 1000 locomotive 744 101-7 in the colors of SerFer. In April 2017, CZ LOKO was awarded an order by SerFer for the delivery of five EffiShunter 1000 locomotives with an option for five more. The fully TSI-compliant diesels will be equipped with Caterpillar C32 engines, delivering 895 kW. The locos will have a maximum speed of 100 km/h and will be equipped with the Italian train protection system BL3, enabling their use on shunting and mainline operations. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in February 2018.
CZ LOKO has delivered another EffiShunter 500 (Czech 723.7 series) to the Třinecké elezárny steelworks, in the shape of loco 723 705-0. T now operates three of the type: 723 701-9, 723 703-5 and 723 705-0.
Brightline's final trainset 'BrightRed' prior to departing Siemens' Sacramento facility. Picture by Brightline.
On 27 September 2017, Brightline reported that BrightRed, its fifth trainset, had been completed by Siemens and that it had commenced its journey from Sacramento to South Florida. The transcontinental journey is a milestone as it marks delivery of the final trainset for Brightlines Phase 1 service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Upon arrival at Workshop b, Brightlines 12-acre railroad operations facility in West Palm Beach, BrightRed will soon begin the testing and commissioning process. Brightlines trains are built as integrated trainsets, comprised of two diesel-electric Charger locomotives and four stainless-steel coaches.
CZ LOKO has released a sneak peek of EffiShunter 1000 locomotive 744 101-7 in SerFer livery on its Facebook page. In light of the Expo Ferroviaria 2017 rail fair, the Czech manufacturer will present the loco at the nearby Trenord depot Milano Fiorenza.
In April 2017, CZ LOKO was awarded an order by SerFer for the delivery of five EffiShunter 1000 locomotives with an option for five more. The fully TSI-compliant diesels will be equipped with Caterpillar C32 engines, delivering 895 kW. The locos will have a maximum speed of 100 km/h and will be equipped with the Italian train protection system BL3, enabling their use on shunting and mainline operations. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in February 2018.