Rail Cargo Hungaria (RCH) has agreed with AKIEM, a traction vehicle leasing company, to lease five F140 DE TRAXX diesel locomotives to further expand its own traction capacity.

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Picture: RAIL Cargo Hungary

The first locomotive arrived at the market-leading Hungarian rail freight company, and Board Member and CEO Norbert Körös symbolically received the keys from Patrice Bildstein, Deputy Managing Director and European Sales Director representing AKIEM.

This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to Rail Cargo Hungaria.

Another locomotive of the same model will arrive shortly, three more will be delivered by July 2022. Both companies entered into a 5-year lease that also covers maintenance activities and related costs.

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A year ago, RCH began expanding its own fleet of locomotives, increasing its capacity by commissioning high-performance TRAXX in addition to shunting locomotives 2068 with a lower capacity that are still in service, improving this figure due to the efficiency of its shunting operations.

The four-axle F140DE TRAXX locomotives, manufactured in 2008, have a power of 2200 kW, an initial tractive effort of 270 kN, a maximum speed of 140 km/h and a weight of 82 tons. The machines have an improved engine, are more efficient and have lower emissions.

Their use will enable Rail Cargo Hungaria to reduce diesel consumption by at least 10% per year and reduce CO2 emissions by about 278 tonnes.

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