ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih received and put into operation the first of four EffiShunter 1600 shunting locomotives manufactured by the Czech company CZ Loko, reports Railway Supply magazine.

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Picture: АрселорМиттал Кривой Рог

The first locomotive arrived in Kryvyi Rih in December 2020. Czech specialists conducted online training for the company’s personnel. The second locomotive from this batch has also recently arrived in Krivoy Rog. The rest of the locomotives are to be delivered in 2021. The first two diesel locomotives are planned to be used to transport raw materials for the blast furnace.

In accordance with the contract signed in the summer of 2019, the company acquires all four EffiShunter 1600 locomotives under a financial lease scheme. The total amount of the contract is 7.5 million euros.

EffiShunter 1600 diesel locomotives are optimized for shunting and heavy work on industrial branches, in particular in the metallurgical and mining industries. They are equipped with a 1.5 MW Caterpillar diesel engine and a Siemens traction generator. They are equipped with a digital control system, cruise control, electrodynamic brakes and anti-slip (when pulling).

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