The Slovak company Prvá Slovenská železničná (PSŽ) will expand its fleet by two EffiShunter 1000 locomotives. The purchase contract was signed by representatives of both companies at the CZ LOKO plant in Jihlava, where the locomotives are manufactured. Both will be delivered at the beginning of 2025.
“The shortage of diesel locomotives and the increased volume of transports in Romania and Hungary, especially on non-electrified lines, accelerated our decision to buy two EffiShunters. The decisive criterion, besides quality, was extending the interoperability of this type of locomotive to Romania,” said Ladislav Szuťányi, General Director of PSŽ.
The company also transports goods in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Through interoperable locomotives and one licence in these four EU countries, it has simplified and accelerated transports without switching locomotives at border stations.
The Slovak freight carrier already has two other CZ LOKO vehicles in its fleet, an EffiLiner 1600 diesel locomotive and an EffiLiner 3000 electric locomotive, which can run under the 3 kV DC and 25 kV AC current systems.
“The new contract confirms the success of the EffiShunter 1000 locomotive on the international market. For us, its deployment on Romanian lines is another big challenge. Romania will become the sixth country where this locomotive can be operated,” added Michal Schaffer, Sales Department Manager of CZ LOKO.