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DB Cargo 247 035-9 has lost its ECR livery and has been repainted in DB 'traffic red'. Here the loco is seen, freshly painted, at Oberhausen-Osterfeld. Picture by Heinrich Podobienski.

SETG ER20-05 visited the career fair "LokLive" on Sunday 23.10.2023, held at Bahnpark Augsburg. Picture by Christoph Essen.

In October 2023, SETG acquired ER 20 loco 2016 901-7 from Steiermarkbahn Transport und Logistik GmbH. Planned as 2016 090-9 for ÖBB, the loco was never delivered as such. It was delivered in red with StLB logos and later on was reliveried in white and green. Now the loco has again been reliveried in white and green, but this time in the colours of its new owner and a new number: ER20-05.

DB Cargo 744 154-6 (744 034-5) as the first EffiShunter 1000 within the DB Cargo group of companies on test near Rezzato, Italy. Picture by Giovanni Grasso.

At the TRAKO trade fair in Poland, CZ LOKO and DB Cargo signed a deal for the delivery of one EffiShunter 1000 locomotive. The loco is to be delivered in 2025 and will be the fifth of its kind in the DB Cargo group of companies. Two EffiShunter 1000s have already been delivered to DB Cargo Italia, which expects the third and fourth locos by the end of 2023. The loco for DB Cargo Czechia will be equipped for operations in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

On September 22, GB Railfreight 66306 was named SCS Logistics at a naming ceremony in Willesden. GB Railfreight states the naming celebrates the vital role of the Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture (SCS) in the construction of the High Speed Two (HS2) high speed line project.

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.

Another two diesel locos produced by CZ LOKO have made it to Italy. The locos in question are 741 762-9 for CLF and 744 153-8 for Sangritana. The latter will later be renumbered into 744 033-7.

77507 back in 2015 near Branne [FR]. Picture by Pierre Hosch.

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.

Locos 723 723-3 and 723 724-1 have been spotted on transport towards their new owner. Pulled by a Hungarian Class 431 electric, the loco were spotted traversing Hungary.

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.

Related sections:
CZ LOKO741.7

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.

In 2022, the first of five EffiShunter 1000 locos ordered by Trainpoint Norway arrived in Sweden. Loco 744 144-7 was then used for test runs to obtain homologation.

Now, the next three locos have left the CZ LOKO works in Jihlava. They were seen behind RailAdventure 2016 902 heading towards Dresden, after just having passed the Czech/German border. The locos in question are 744 157-9, 744 158-7 and 744 159-5. This means that only 744 160-3 is still to be outshopped.

Related sections:
744.1 - EffiShunter 1000

The first 2 out of 14 EffiShunter 1000M locos for CD were outshopped by CZ LOKO in Mai 2023. In contrast to the EffiShunter 1000M locos operated by CD Cargo, which are registered in the 742.71 series, the CD locos are numbered in the 743.2 series. The locos in question carry the numbers 743 201-6 and 743 202-4. All 14 locos will be delivered with ETCS L2 and LS06 on board.

CZ LOKO has received an order from DB Cargo for the delivery of four EffiShunter 1000 locomotives. The locos will predominantly be used by DB Cargo Italia for its single-wagon work.

CZ LOKO has completed and delivered another EffiShunter 1000 for an Italian customer. Loco 744 148-8 was delivered to TPER S.A. in the first months of 2023 and is operated by Dinazzano Po S.A.

Akiem 77501 has been seen on the back of a low loader heading for the UK. There the loco will be modified to UK standards and leased to GB Railfreight as part of a 10-year lease agreement for 11 locomotives in total.

Shortly before the end of 2022, RailAdventure acquired loco 2016 902 from Steiermarkbahn. Configured for Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia, the loco did not start its career in the StB livery. On February 14th, it made a trip through Bavaria with the Luxon panoramic car in full RailAdventure colour scheme. Pictures: Henk Zwoferink.

Related sections:
SiemensER 20: StB

Slovak railfreight operator PSZ has ordered two EffiShunter 1000 locomotives from CZ LOKO. The locomotives are to be delivered early 2025. The locomotives will be configured for use in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, which Romania being a first for the type.