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One of the Class 66 locomotives hired by Hector Rail from Beacon Rail Leasing has been seen in a livery analogue to the non-roundel GB Railfreight livery but with Hector Rail colours and logos.


247 909 'Conny' in Niebüll on 19 May 2018. Picture by Jens Vollertsen.


Last year, it was announced that RDC Autozug Sylt had ordered two Vectron DE locomotives for its car shuttle trains to and from the island of Sylt, which it runs in competition with DB Fernverkehr. The first locomotive to be delivered was 247 908. It was handed over to the operator on November 11th and has been named Debbie.


Delivery of the second loco was announced to take place in June 2018. However, on May 18th, the loco was already delivered by Siemens to the Germany based operator. Named Conny, loco 247 909 was used for for the company's shuttle services straightaway.


247 909 'Conny' in service with a car shuttle near Westerland (Sylt) on 20 May 2018. Picture by Sven Ullrich.


DB Cargo UK has repainted another of its Class 66 locomotives into its red company colour scheme. This time, loco 66027 was the lucky loco.


2018-05-20 - [Advertisement]

Video of CDTX 2107 and 2108 on transport by Youtube user Sky Rider.


In March 2014, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) became launching customer of the Charger by placing an order with Siemens in conjunction with the Departments of Transportation of Missouri, Michigan, California and Washington for 32 locomotives. The order included a framework contract for 225 additional locomotives. The locomotives will be used on Amtrak-run corridor services. Of the 32 locomotives, 6 were destined for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).


In early November 2015, a call-off order was placed by Caltrans for an additional 14 Charger locomotives to serve the Pacific Surfliner Amtrak route along the Southern California coast from San Luis Obispo to San Diego via Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Delivery of the 14 machines is expected between July 2018 and February 2019.


In 2016, another two options were firmed up. This brought the total number of locomotives on order for Caltrans to 22. Delivery of the two additional locomotives will directly follow deliveries of the second batch.


In 2017, the six Charger locomotives ordered in 2014 were delivered to the California Department of Transportation and subsequently entered service. In late-March 2018, the first two locos of the second batch (2107 and 2108) were released from the Siemens works in Sacramento, as seen in the video above. Locos 2109 and 2110 followed in late-April, as the video below shows.


Video of CDTX 2109 and 2110 on transport by Youtube user Sky Rider.


DB Cargo UK has repainted more Class 66 locomotives into its red company colour scheme: 66065, 66131 and 66175.


The second EffiLiner 1600 ordered by CER Cargo has made its appearance on a test run. Numbered 753 610-5, the loco will be used by CER Slovakia once completed.


In April 2018, two new EffiShunter 1000 diesel locomotives built by CZ LOKO could be seen in Italy. The locos, numbered 744 103-3 and 744 104-1, are destined to enter service for Mercitalia Shunting & Terminal (Mercitalia S&T), the company previously known as SerFer. The two are part of an order for five locos with an option for five more.



In April 2018, the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) awarded Siemens a contract to deliver four SC-44 Charger passenger diesels for its Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) commuter services, with planned extensions to Ceres, Modesto and Sacramento. The deal includes an option for another four locomotives.


Compared to the current SJRRC fleet of F40PH locomotives, the new 3280kW strong Chargers will offer increased fuel efficiency (+16%) and lower exhaust emissions thanks to its compliance with Tier 4 emission standards. Furthermore, the locomotives will be able to operate longer trains, increasing the maximum length from seven to ten coaches.


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EffiShunter 700 loco 723 704-3 at Přerov on 18 February 2017. Picture by Dalibor Palko.


As 2017 neared its end, ČEPRO decided to launch a tender for the modernization of locomotive 740.891. In March 2018, the tender was won by CZ LOKO, which had offered its EffiShunter 700 modernization concept. On Wednesday, 18 April 2018, the contract was finalized at the CZ LOKO works in Jihlava.


The EffiShunter 700 is primarily designed for shunting at heavy industry sites, intermodal terminals and ports, as well as light mainline operations. It is a comprehensive modernization of CKD Class 740 or 742 shunting locomotives. The loco is equipped with a 709 kW CAT C27 diesel engine.


ČEPRO a.s. is active in the transportation, storage and sale of petroleum products. It also operates a network of its own petrol stations under the trade name EuroOil. The company operates a fleet of 11 locomotives of different types and performance categories.


The G&W livery as applied to Dutch railfreight operator RRF's Class 66 locomotives on the left and the green and yellow Freightliner identity on the right.


At the Multimodal trade fair in Birmingham, Freightliner presented its new brand identity to the public for the very first time. The company states:


Following parent company Genesee & Wyoming’s acquisition of Pentalver Transport last year, the businesses’ commercial teams now serve customers across three core platforms of Rail, Road and Terminals. “With this in mind, it now makes sense to align the Freightliner brand with that of G&W, providing consistency across the three platforms,” said G&W UK/Europe Region CEO Gary Long.


The new Freightliner logo is consistent with that of Pentalver and more than 120 G&W freight railroads in North America, Australia and Europe. Freightliner will shortly commence rebranding its intermodal and bulk rail freight terminals throughout the UK as well as its Freightliner Road Services trucks whilst taking a phased approach with other assets, including locomotives and wagons.


Freightliner's newly introduced G&W style logo.


Rail & Sea 223-007 at Gospic on 02 May 2018. Picture by Robert Tisler.


Rail & Sea is not new when it comes to EuroRunner diesel locomotives. The company already had Beacon Rail (223-003) and SETG (ER 20-02) owned examples in operation in Croatie (and Slovenia). Now, the company has started operations with its first, self-owned loco: 223-007. The loco was previously owned by MRCE and was the last of its type in MRCE's fleet. All other ER20 locos were sold to different companies, with the majority having been sold to Beacon Rail.


2018-05-03 - [Advertisement]

ROG 47813 leads TPE-liveried 68019 and 68021 towards Dollands Moor in a second attempt to get the locos to the European mainland on 21 March 2018. Picture by Jack Meakin-Sawyer.


A month ago, we reported about Class 68 locomotives 68019 and 68021 being moved to the British entrance of the Channel Tunnel for further transfer to the VUZ Velim test ring in the Czech Republic:


"On March 6, Class 68 locos 68019 and 68021 were brought to the Dollands Moor Yard on the British side of the Channel Tunnel by the Rail Operations Group. Although further transfer through the tunnel did not go through (with the locos returning to the DRS depot at Crewe on the 9th), it shows that tests together with CAF Mark 5a stock at the Velim test ring are planned for the near future."


However, the move was not successful with the locos returning back to base from Dollands Moor fairly quickly. On March 21st, a second attempt was done with Rail Operations Group (ROG) bringing the locomotives to Dollands Moor, using Class 47 oldie 47813. The locos did make it to Frethun, on the French side of the tunnel, later on. Unfortunately, continuing issues regarding further transport through France resulted in the locomotives returning back to Dollands Moor.


Having a plan B in place, the locos were subsequently forwarded to Immingham for shipment to Cuxhaven, Germany, where they arrived on April 5th. From there, their journey to the Czech Republic will continue after they are put back on the rails from the transport trailers on which they arrived.


The future SerFer 744 101-7 at the VUZ Velim test ring in the Czech Republic on 15 January 2018. Picture by Dalibor Palko.


On 5 April 2017, CZ LOKO and SerFer signed an agreement for the delivery of five EffiShunter 1000 locomotives to the Italian operator with an option for a further five. In October 2017, CZ LOKO presented the first locomotive for SerFer at the Expo Ferroviaria in Milan. It concerned former demonstrator loco 744 101-7, which had been restyled from its previous CZ LOKO livery to the red and white SerFer colour scheme. In January 2018, this loco could be witnessed at the VUZ Velim test ring for dynamic trials (see picture above).


In the meantime, the other four locomotives have been taken in production by the Czech manufacturer too. Quite recently, the fourth locomotive of the batch could be witnessed in Česká Třebová: SerFer 744 104-1. The loco flanked the freshly delivered 753 609-7, which was delivered to Hungary's CER Cargo Holding on 28 March 2018.


CER Cargo 753 609-7 is flanked by SerFer EffiShunter 744 104-1 at CZ LOKO's Česká Třebová plant on 28 March 2018. Picture by Dalibor Palko.


CER Cargo's first 'Bizon' locomotive, numbered 753 609-7, at CZ LOKO's Česká Třebová plant on 28 March 2018. Picture by Dalibor Palko.


CZ LOKO has delivered the first EffiLiner 1600 diesel locomotive to Hungary's CER Cargo Holding. The loco, numbered 753 609-7, was handed over to the Hungarian company on March 28th. It will be used by subsidiary CER Hungary.


Meanwhile, we have learned that a second 'Bizon' has been taken into production: 753 610-5. Negotiations for this second locomotive were still underway in late 2017 and have come to fruition in the meantime.