With the conclusion of the contract with the Hungarian company BorsodChem, which has now acquired the EffiShunter 1000 four-axle shunting locomotive from CZ LOKO, the number of units of this series produced has reached the verge of the second fifty. It is also the first vehicle of this type to operate in Hungary.
"EffiShunter 1000 is a very successful project that has already proven itself many times on foreign markets," says Michal Schaffer, manager of the CZ LOKO sales department. The new locomotive was delivered six months after the contract was signed. Delivery time, price, operating costs and safety played a major role in the tender.
"We came out of the tender with the best result and could thus reaffirm the long-term reputation of the brand with a favourable price-quality ratio of our locomotives," added the manager.
The Hungarian chemical giant, which has its own internal rail transport, has started the planned renewal of its locomotive fleet with the EffiShunter 1000. It will be used on sidings at the factory site in the town of Kazincbarcika in the northeastern part of the country.
For CZ LOKO, which has been operating in Hungary since the summer of 2017, BorsodChem is a completely new customer and the first typical user of a siding there. Czech locomotives are already used there by carriers such as CER Cargo Holding, Magyar Vasúti Áruszállító (MVÁ) or Prvá Slovenská železničná (PSŽ).
"We see a huge potential in the local market because rail transport and the related border traffic, especially with Romania and Ukraine, has a strong position," concluded Michal Schaffer.
CZ LOKO has so far produced 1,243 locomotives and special rolling stock at its plants in Česká Třebová and Jihlava, 428 of which are operating abroad. The EffiShunter 1000 series locomotives have been in production since 2018 and are currently one of the company's flagship products.