THE first six of 10 EffiShunter 300 locomotives being supplied by CZ Loko have been delivered to Polish state operator PKP Intercity.

CZ Loko won the contract to supply 10 locomotives in February 2021 and the order was worth Zlotys 39.1m ($US 8.2m). The remaining four locomotives will leave Česká Třebová in the Czech Republic for Poland by the end of the first quarter of 2023.

Long-distance passenger transport operator PKP Intercity will use the lightweight, two-axle locomotives primarily for light shunting in depots and rolling stock stabling areas. Of the first six locomotives, four have gone to Warsaw and two to Krakow. The remaining locomotives will be deployed in Gdansk and Katowice.

The EffiShunter 300, which is the smallest locomotive type produced by CZ Loko and is approved for operation in Slovakia and Serbia as well as the Czech Republic and Poland, is equipped with a Caterpillar C13B diesel engine with an output of 328kW that meets EU Stage V emissions standards. Loudspeaker monitoring of the driver’s cab, semi-automatic couplers and a CCTV system have also been installed at PKP’s request.

The national SHP train control system and CA vigilance monitoring device are also required for operation in Poland, while the digital control system, online diagnostics, operation in multiple and anti-slip protection are standard CZ Loko items.

"We had several projects in Poland in the past, however this delivery of small EffiShunters is a big and important project for a Polish customer after a long time,” says commercial director of CZ Loko, Mr Jan Kutálek. “Thanks to the combination of low acquisition and operating costs, together with usability, these vehicles have been part of the rolling stock of Czech Railways, the Railway Research Institute and several other operators abroad for several years.”

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