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Vectron DE locomotives 247 903 and 247 904 nose to nose at Mönchengladbach Hauptbahnhof on May 25, 2016. Picture by Wolfgang Scheer.

Rail Business reports: As of February 2017, DB Cargo will hire four Vectron DE locomotives from Siemens. They will be used for freight services in and around the German city of Halle, replacing locomotives of the 232, 233 and 265 series that are currently in use in this area.

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Still looking fresh: EffiShunter 500 locomotive 723 703-5 for the Třinecké Železárny steel works. Picture by CZ LOKO.

In November, Czech rolling stock manufacturer CZ LOKO completed a third EffiShunter 500 locomotive. Numbered 723 703-5, the locomotive is the second of its type to join the fleet of TŽ that also operates loco 723 701-9. Locomotive 723 702-7 was delivered by CZ LOKO to Naftna Industrija Srbije a.d. from Novi Sad, Serbia.

A second view of the fresh looking TŽ 723 703-5. Picture by CZ LOKO.

Vectron DE locomotive 247 901 passes the Austrian town of Obereggendorf during a test run on March 16, 2014. Picture by Stefan Rottensteiner.

Rail Business reports: Siemens has booked a first success with its Vectron DE locomotive. In late November, Infraleuna ordered one locomotive, making it launching customer of the type. Delivery of the new locomotive will take place in the first six months of 2017.

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RTB CARGO V 271 and its new logos on November 29, 2016. Picture by Achim Scheil.

Two months ago, on September 5, Rurtalbahn Cargo GmbH officially re-branded as RTB CARGO GmbH. Also, a new logo was introduced which was first applied to some of electric locomotives in the company's fleet. Now, the logo is gradually spreading throughout the fleet and, of course, the operator's Class 66 locomotives are not forgotten.

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Israel Railways 1401 arrives at Tel Aviv HaShalom Station on June 11, 2013. Picture by Neil Aitken.

It has been indicated that Israel Railways has received an additional EURO 4000 locomotive. Numbered 1415, the locomotive joins the 14 EURO 4000 and 24 EURO 3200 diesel locomotives which Israel Railways already operates.

Israel Railways 1409 awaits departure from Tel Aviv HaShalom Station on June 12, 2013. Picture by Neil Aitken.

The future DRS 88001 performs dynamic trials with a loaded freight train at VUZ Velim in the Czech Republic on May 5, 2016. Picture by Ludwig GS.

It has been indicated that production of the ten Class 88 electro-diesels ordered by DRS through Beacon Rail Leasing is progressing well. All locomotives are in an advanced stage of production and initial driver familiarisation has commenced in anticipation of the first loco arriving in the UK in the near future. Reports mention December 2016 or January 2017 for the debut of a Class 88 on British rails.

Cab view of DRS 88003, which was presented by Stadler Rail Valencia at the InnoTrans 2016 trade fair. Picture by Henk Zwoferink.

DB Cargo UK 67023 (then still DB Schenker Rail UK) operates a Chiltern Railways passenger service past King's Sutton on July 30, 2014. Picture by Peter Lovell.

In October, DB Cargo UK announced that it would launch a restructuring programme aimed at making the operator more competitive in a rapidly changing market. Besides 893 planned job cuts and a reduction of the number of operational sites, a rationalization of the company's wagon and locomotive fleet was announced.

Even though the company has been selling locomotives before, such as 10x Class 60 to Colas Rail and numerous Class 08 shunters, the first signs of DB Cargo UK's fleet rationalization are now starting to show. Two out of a fleet of thirty Class 67 locomotives have been made available for sale: 67023 and 67027. DB Cargo states that the "locomotives are offered for sale by means of competitive open tender...". More information can be found here: link.

DB Schenker liveried 67027 awaits departure from Leamington Spa with a Chiltern Railways passenger service on August 4, 2014. Picture by Peter Lovell.

Hired to LOCON, Beacon Rail ER 20-015 awaits its next duty at Krefeld Hauptbahnhof. Picture by Achim Scheil.

LOCON has hired EuroRunner locomotive ER 20-015 from Beacon Rail Leasing. Recently, the locomotive has been restyled into the Beacon Rail color scheme.

LOCON ER 20-015 hauls a container train through the town of Stadthagen. Picture by Thomas Wohlfarth.

Close-up of DB Regio 245 013, that carries a small sticker on its cab. The heart shaped vinyl says in southern dialect: -I mog die SOB-. Picture by Ernst Lauer.

DB Regio now has twenty TRAXX DE ME locomotives in its fleet (245 001-020) used for various services in Southern Germany. Three more are on order.

GB Railfreight 66718 and 66721 lined up at Wellingborough Yard before being attached to the last train of the ten-year London Underground Limited contract, which was the 6Z63 Wellingborough Yard to Barking on March 24, 2016. Picture by Richard Gennis.

On November 15, EQT Infrastructure II announced that it had completed the acquisition of GB Railfreight from Groupe EuroTunnel through an indirectly owned company within the Hector Rail group. Founded in 1999 by the current CEO John Smith, GB Railfreight is the third largest rail freight operator in the UK, and provides a wide range of rail transport solutions and rail services.

The Company’s team of 650 people operates over 1,000 trainloads a week, moving 15% of UK’s rail freight. GB Railfreight has a fleet of over 130 locomotives (including 1 Class 59 and 78 Class 66 locomotives) and 1,100 wagons, transporting goods for customers including Drax, Network Rail, EDF Energy, MSC UK, Aggregate Industries and Tarmac.

Bo Lerenius, Industrial Advisor to EQT and Chairman of the Hector Rail Group, says: “As one of the UK’s leading rail freight operators, GB Railfreight has proven its strength in the rail industry. The focus on innovation and delivery of outstanding customer service are two key factors that make us believe that GB Railfreight is an excellent fit with Hector Rail.”

Graphic of GBRf 66737 'Lesia'. This locomotive graphic and many more can also be found on our Class 66 Poster.

Not an everyday sight: NOB 245 208-4 and DB Regio passenger coaches passing Keitum (Sylt) on November 11, 2016. Picture by Nahne Johannsen.

Normally, Nord-Ostsee-Bahn (NOB) operates its passenger service between Hamburg-Altona and Westerland (Sylt) with Bombardier TRAXX DE Multi Engine locomotives and married-pair passenger coaches in push-pull formation. However, NOB now has to miss almost its entire fleet of passenger stock as its 90 married-pair coaches have been sidelined for inspection after a coupling broke on one of the wagon sets. Replacement stock has been made available with the help of DB Regio for NOB line 62 and buses have been hired in to operate replacement services on NOB line 6.

NOB 245 202-7 awaits departure from Westerland (Sylt) with a set of DB Regio passenger coaches and an unidentified Class 245 locomotive on the back on November 12, 2016. Picture by Nahne Johannsen.

On November 11, Freightliner named Class 66 locomotive 66418 'Patriot - In Memory Of Fallen Railway Employees' to honour those that lost their lives during the First World War. The naming ceremony was held at Freightliner's Basford Hall depot in Crewe together with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity - The National Charity of the British Army. Following the ceremony, the locomotive was publicly displayed at Crewe Station.