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Beacon Rail PB 13 (temporary no. 66998) in its new livery at Longport, Stoke-on-Trent on 27 February 2019. Picture by David Moreton.


The loco departed Belgium in its red-white Crossrail livery. After preparations at EMD's Rotterdam workshop, the loco set sail from the Port of Rotterdam towards to UK. There, the loco received its main overhaul and a full repaint. Instead of its Crossrail livery, the loco now carries a Beacon Rail blue and gold colour scheme. It will make its way to Rotterdam in the coming period, where it will be prepared for use on the European mainland again.


Crossrail PB 13 in its former livery with an EVS bulk silo train arriving at Oberhausen, Rangierbahnhof West on 26 November 2015. Picture by Rolf Alberts.


RheinCargo's DE 670 has been reliveried from its former red HGK livery into the silver RheinCargo livery. An image of the loco can be found here: link. Previously, DE 61 and DE 62, both owned by RheinCargo, were already given the silver livery. DE 670, however, is not owned, but leased from Beacon Rail Leasing Ltd.



CZ LOKO has been able to gain another two orders for its EffiShunter 1000 locomotive. With the orders, the Czech manufacturer not only gains more grip on the Italian market, but also gains a foothold in the Slovenian market.


The Italian order comprises the purchase of two EffiShunter 1000 locomotives by TPER, Trasporto Passeggeri Emilia-Romagna S.p.A. In addition to the firm order, options exist for a further four locos. The locos are destined for TPER's subsidiary Dinazzano Po (DP), which already operates four CZ LOKO 741.7 locos. Service area will be mainline services and shunting at the Reggio Emilia and Rubiera terminals.


For CZ LOKO, the Slovenian market is a new one. With an order from Sˇ - Tovorni promet, the manufacturer will soon deliver four new shunting locomotives for the Port of Koper. This order won after competing in an international tender for new shunters, in which European and US manufacturers took part. It will be the first time, the INDUSI safety system will be installed in the EffiShunter 1000, opening new markets for the product.


Passed on from RRF to Freightliner DE a week before, 561-05 passes Berlin-Gesundbrunnen station on 14 January 2019. Picture by Rudi Lautenbach.


In late-June, the first Genesee and Wyoming styled Class 66 of RRF was transferred to Freightliner PL: 561-03. The loco subsequently entered service for subsidiary Freightliner DE. Now, the other two locos carrying this livery, 561-04 and 561-05, have been transferred as well. Loco 561-05 could already been seen with Freightliner DE stickers instead of Rail Feeding stickers in Berlin on January 14 (see picture). Both RRF and Freightliner are part of Genesee and Wyoming.



On January 10, CZ LOKO officially handed over EffiShunter 600 locomotive 723 709-2 to CEPRO. The EffiShunter 600 that was delivered to CEPRO is a little different to the standard version. Instead of a Caterpillar C18 engine with 563kW output, it houses a C27 engine with 709kW output.


The new Class 93 would be based on the Class 88. The image shows UK DUAL locomotive 88001 at the VUZ Velim test center in the Czech Republic on 28 April 2016. Picture by Norman Gottberg.


It has been reported that Rail Operations Group is in talks with Beacon Rail and Stadler over the delivery of new locomotives based on the UK DUAL design. Instead of the bi-mode version, which was delivered in a quantity of 10 locos to DRS as Class 88, it would now concern a tri-mode version. In addition to 25kV overhead power and a diesel engine, the new Class 93 is to include batteries as a third power source. Although preliminary livery designs have surfaced on the web, it has been stated that negotations are still ongoing and no deal has been finalized yet.


Impression of the Siemens Charger locomotives for Amtrak. Siemens.


With demand for Amtrak service at record levels, Amtrak will acquire new mainline passenger diesel locomotives from Siemens Mobility to replace its aging National Network locomotive fleet. The initial 75 locomotives will be used principally for Amtrak’s Long Distance train service, with options to purchase more, for use on some State Supported routes and for future growth.


“These new locomotives will offer increased reliability, more hauling power, improved safety features and lower emissions,” said Amtrak President & CEO Richard Anderson.


“Siemens Mobility is honored and grateful to Amtrak for this opportunity to assist Amtrak in their mission to provide safe, world-class, environmentally conscious technology for their long-distance services,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Mobility’s North America rolling stock business.


The new locomotives will offer the latest safety systems including Crash Energy Management and Positive Train Control. Capable of speeds up to 125 MPH (200 km/h), the locomotives will have 4,400 horsepower capable 16-cylinder Cummins QSK95 diesel engines with modern control systems and Alternating Current (AC) propulsion. The diesel engine will come equipped with the latest Tier 4 emissions technology, reducing nitrogen oxide by over 89 percent and particulate matter by 95 percent, and provide an average of 10 percent savings in diesel fuel consumption


Delivery of the new locomotives will begin in summer 2021, with passenger service beginning in fall 2021. They will power trains used on the AutoTrain, California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder, Lake Shore Limited, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle. All locomotives are expected to be in service by 2024. Maintenance activities across the network will be supported by a supplemental multiyear Technical Support Spares Supply Agreement (TSSSA).


Amtrak is paying for the new locomotives through available funds and will comply with Buy American provisions. They will be built at Siemens Mobility’s rail manufacturing plant in Sacramento, California, a facility which uses solar power and employs more than 1,300 people. The total deal is worth $850 million.


Siemens Mobility has established a robust and diverse base of U.S. suppliers across the country to support the production of its current Charger diesel locomotives, including Cummins, which manufactures its engines in its Seymour, Indiana, facility.


Siemens Mobility’s Charger locomotives are currently operating in several state-supported Amtrak routes in California, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan, and Washington.


The new locomotives will primarily replace the aging Amtrak P40 and P42 locomotives, some of which have been in service for more than 25 years.