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RTS 247 903 near Pfarrwerfen on 28 June 2019. Picture by Niels Arnold.


RTS has acquired at least two out of four Vectron DE locomotives from Siemens locomotives. The two diesels, 247 902 and 903, have previously been in use with DB Cargo Deutschland. Meanwhile, both locos have lost their red liveries. 247 902 has already been seen in RTS orange, whilst 247 903 could be seen in white with RTS Swietelsky logos.


Loco 742 711-5 is the first of fifty EffiShunter 1000M locos ordered by CD Cargo from CZ LOKO to be out on the mainline. The EffiShunter 1000M is a modernization of the CD Class 742, following the well-known recipe which leaves only the frame and bogies of the original loco. 742 711-5 will be the prototype loco and serves to test all systems, including the on-board ETCS. Serial production is expected to start in October.


However, even though the locos are numbered in the 742.7 series, they will be considerably different to the Class 741.7/742.7 we already know from CZ LOKO. The EffiShunter 1000M numbering will start at 742.71x, starting a new number sub-series. The design of the loco is a compromise between the EffiShunter 600 (the body) and the EffiShunter 1000 (cabin).


Technical details include a maximum speed of 100 km/h, a CAT 3508C engine producing 1000 kW, a weight of 70 tonnes and a length over the buffers of 13.82 meters. Operating in multiple traction is possible, with the EffiShunter 1000, 1000M and Class 753.7. The locos will be equipped with ETCS.


DB Cargo UK 59206 passes Ruscombe on 6 February 2015. Picture by Peter Lovell.


DB Cargo UK has offered its Class 59 locomotives for sale. Following the loss of the Mendip Rail contract to Freightliner, the small fleet of six 59s (59201-206) has become abundant. The Class 59 fleet is currently divided over Freightliner (8x), GB Railfreight (1x), DB Cargo UK (6x).



The first of six EffiShunter 600 locomotives for ESDEMIR has been outshopped by CZ LOKO. Numbered 723 710-0, the loco was captured on camera by Dalibor Palko at Jihlava in the Czech Republic on June 20th, 2019.


'AS ONE, WE CAN': the new name of Freightliner 66587. However, the loco has not only been re-named. 66587 has been re-liveried into a pink and white livery, matching the Ocean Network Express (ONE) colour scheme.



After receiving its main overhaul at EMD Longport, Beacon Rail's PB 15 is heading back to the mainland. Its obsolete Ascendos livery has been replaced by the well-known Beacon-blue one.



A total of 8 Class 66 locomotives, owned by Beacon Rail Leasing, has been roaming Scandinavian rails during the past years. Some of them will now be transferred to the United Kingdom, where GB Railfreight will take them on. The first of three locos to arrive in the UK through the Port of Immingham is T66 403, formerly operated by Hector Rail. GB Railfreight will operate the loco as 66790. Currently, the loco is at the EMD facility at Longport, Stoke-on-Trent for rebuilding. Locos T66 404 and 405 will arrive later and will be operated as 66791 and 66792 respectively.


RheinCargo DE 668 has been restyled into the silver RheinCargo livery: link.