GERMAN railway construction company Spitzke has ordered 10 DE 18 European Union (EU) Stage V emissions-compliant locomotives from Vossloh Rolling Stock.

The locomotives will be used by Spitzke subsidiary SLG Spitzke Logistik and are set to play a key role in facilitating supply of materials for Spitzke’s railway construction projects across Germany. Delivery will commence in summer 2025.

The locomotives are certified to use hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel as an alternative to diesel, which will help to cut CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared with diesel, while also reducing particulate matter and exhaust emissions.

Spitzke cited the flexibility of the Vossloh design and the prompt delivery schedule as decisive factors in its decision to purchase the DE 18s. No contract value was revealed.

“Our decision in favour of the universal locomotive meets the specific need to increase our capacity for the maintenance and revitalisation of rail infrastructure,” says Mr Mark Fisher, chief technology officer (CTO) at Spitzke. “Never before has reliable railway infrastructure been so important and the volume of challenging major projects so large as it is today.”

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