In late-2007, 266 107-2 started its career with Railion Nederland (later DB Schenker Rail Nederland). Here the loco is seen with a short "Opel train" near Udenhout on April 14th, 2009. Picture by Martijn Schokker.
In early-September, CB 1000 arrived in the United Kingdom, where it will be further modified and repainted for use with GB Railfreight as 66313.
CB 1000 was preceded by 266 107-2 in August, which will become GBRf 66312.
Stadler Rail Valencia will deliver 5 EURO DUAL locomotives to Arkas Lojistik. The deal is financed by KfW IPEX-Bank, which announced the deal as follows:
Putting transport on rails: KfW IPEX-Bank provides EUR 39 million financing to Arkas Lojistik for the purchase of 5 Stadler EURODUAL locomotives for railway freight service. The transaction is covered by SERV Swiss Export Risk Insurance.
The locomotives are part of Arkas Group's "Railport Project", which is an inland terminal that provides intermodal cargo services in Turkey, developed jointly by Arkas Holding and Duisburger Hafen (Duisport). Furthermore, Arkas Logistics, duisport - Duisburger Hafen AG and Hupac Group announced an agreement for the development of a railway service between the Halkali terminals (European part of Istanbul) and Duisburg. Delivery time to recipients in Germany (Ruhr region), Belgium and the Netherlands is expected to be reduced to 7-9 days.
The six-axle dual-mode locomotives will be produced in Valencia, Spain, by Stadler Valencia, a subsidiary of Stadler Rail Group, a leading European rail vehicles manufacturer. The innovative hybrid locomotives will contribute to the modal shift from road to rail and run electrically, either powered via 25KV overhead catenary or by a low emissions high performance EN stage-V engine on non-electrified lines.
Overall, this will help to significantly reduce CO2 and other emissions in transportation which - besides supporting the European export industry - is the major goal of KfW IPEX-Bank.
Currently, there are 7 EURO DUAL locomotives operating on the Turkish railway network. The locos are operated by Korfez Ulast?rma and will be joined by another 2 locos by the end of 2024. The Arkas Lojistik order will raise the number of Turkish EURO DUALs to 14.
Akiem 77507 has arrived in the UK. After modification, the loco will be used by GB Railfreight. Previously, the loco was leased by Captrain France (formerly VFLI) and RegioRail.
Another two 741.7 locomotives have arrived in Italy. The locos in question are 741 760-3 and 741 761-1. Both were ordered by CLF - Costruzioni Linee Ferroviarie S.p.A. and will enter service for its subsidiary Uniferr S.r.l.
On June 7th, loco 66433 was named at Carlisle Station. It now carries plates with the name: Carlisle Power Signal Box - 50th Anniversary 1973-2023.
We're thrilled to have named 66433 "Carlisle Power Signal Box" in honour of the signal box's 50th anniversary.— Direct Rail Services (@DRSgovuk) June 7, 2023
Colleagues from Network Rail and many of the signal box's workers, both past and present, came for the unveiling of the new name. #railwayfamily @networkrail pic.twitter.com/gidSsaO720