[CZ] Čepro orders a CZ Loko EffiShunter 700

Following a tender procedure, the Czech fuel distribution company Čepro has awarded CZ Loko with a contract for the modernization of a Class 740 diesel locomotive. The modernization will be based on the EffiShunter 700 concept.

Čepro is a joint-stock company that transports, stores and sales petroleum products. It owns a fleet with of 11 locomotives of different types and performance categories used on its industrial sidings.

At the end of 2017 the company launched a tender for the comprehensive modernization of its ČKD-built Class 740.891 diesel-electric locomotive from 1986. CZ LOKO was selected as the winner this March and the contract was signed on 18.04.2018.

The CZ Loko Effishunter 700 prototype. Author: Dalibor Palko

The EffiShunter 700 is part of the CZ Loko EffiShunter line and is intended for industrial shunting operations. The complex modernization includes the fitting of an AC/DC power transmission and connecting the diesel engine to the four powered axles. The 72-ton locomotive will be equipped with a CAT C27 engine, delivering a power output of 709 kW with a maximum speed of 80 km/h.

Recently, CZ Loko handed over two EffiShunter 500 locomotives to Škoda Auto – which have an identical exterior, but feature a less powerful 522 kW CAT C18 prime mover.