At the beginning of 2020, ČD Cargo received the first EffiShunter 1000-M diesel locomotive. It was the first out of fifty locomotives on order from CZ Loko. With the year 2020 coming to an end, Railcolor News had a look at the progress of the deliveries.
The dense network of non-electrified local rail lines in the Czech republic requires a large amount of shunting/mainline locomotives needed for feeding freight traffic in the country. For that, ČD Cargo mostly relies on a fleet of over two hundred class 742 diesel locomotives, currently the most numerous locomotive class of the Czech operator.
They have served reliably for forty years, yet a fleet renewal is needed. CZ Loko takes the bogies and a frame of an existing 742 locomotives and builds a new structure with centrally placed cabin diesel. ČD Cargo has ordered in a number of fifty to be done.
The head of Marketing at CZ Loko, Jan Hošek, confirmed to Railcolor News, that in mid-November, locomotive 742.722 was the latest one that was handed over to the customer – reaching a number of twelve locomotives finished.
Spread across the country
ČD Cargo is allocating the locomotives to various depots across the country in batches of three:
- Prague: 742.711 – 713
- České Budějovice: 742.714 – 716
- Ostrava: 742.717 – 719
- Ústí nad Labem: 742.720 – 722