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Impression of the new SALi locomotives for Bolivian rail operator Empresa Ferroviaria Andina S.A. (FCA) by Stadler Rail Valencia.

A first for Stadler and a first for a European manufacturer: an order for locomotives from Bolivia. Bolivian rail operator FCA (Empresa Ferroviaria Andina S.A.) has ordered three SALi locomotives, which will be produced at the Stadler works in Valencia, Spain.

SALi stands for South American Light Loco, a type specifically designed for the Latin American market. It features an ultra-lightweight design and will be able to cope with operating on metre-gauge lines that reach an altitude of 5,000 kilometers above sea level.

The locos will be especially equipped for freight traffic and will have a maximum speed of 100 km/h. The acoustic and heat-insulated driver cabs are to create comfortable working conditions for the drivers under the extreme temperature conditions that may be encountered.

SALi is specifically designed as a benchmark locomotive for the Bioceanic Corridor, linking the Southern Pacific and Southern Atlantic oceans by using the Bioceanic Rail Integration Corridor. This new corridor, which crosses Bolivia, will link the Peruvian port of Ilo with the port of Santos in Brazil

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753 608-9 in Česká Třebová on 16 February 2018. Picture by Dalibor Palko.

On February 16th, CZ LOKO officially delivered EffiLiner 1600 locomotive to Slovakian rail freight operator PSŽ at the manufacturer's Česká Třebová works. The locomotive, which will mainly be used in Slovakia and Hungary, was officially handed over by CZ LOKO's general director Josef Gulyás to PSŽ's CEO Ladislav Szuťányi.

CZ LOKO's general director Josef Gulyás hands over 753 608-9 to PSŽ's CEO Ladislav Szuťányi in Česká Třebová on 16 February 2018. Picture by Dalibor Palko.

2M62UM-0004 near the Latvian town of Ogre on 11 June 2017. Picture by André Grouillet.

Under CZ LOKO's supervision, the modernization of 14 2M62U twin-section diesel locomotives is currently taking place at the LDz's workshop in Riga. In May 2016, the first machine (2M62UM-0111) made its appearance. Since then, we have been able to identify a further eight double locomotives that were either completed or in an advanced stage of production. Including 2M62UM-0111, we know of the following nine locomotives:


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RheinCargo DE 61 looking as good as new again at the RheinCargo workshop in Brühl-Vochem on 4 February 2018. Picture by Howard Lewsey.

In a similar fashion as RheinCargo DE 62, DE 61 has been repainted into the silver RheinCargo livery at its Brühl workshop.

A further two DB Cargo UK Class 66 locomotives have been repainted into the DB red livery. It concerns 66137 and 66165.

Lovochemie 741 740-5 in Jihlava on 6 February 2018. Picture by Dalibor Palko.

Another 741.7 has been out-shopped by CZ LOKO. This time it concerns the second locomotive for Lovochemie a.s., a Czech fertilizer producer, which already operates sister locomotive 741 739-7. 741 740-5 was handed over to Lovochemie on February 15th.

Lovochemie 741 740-5 in Jihlava on 9 February 2018. Picture by Dalibor Palko.

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DB Cargo UK's 66035 has been restyled into the DB red livery and has been named Resourceful. A picture of the loco in its new guise can be found here: link.

Previously carrying the DB red livery, 66781 (ex-DB Cargo 66016) awaits its re-entry into service in Eastleigh on 30 January 2018, while 66058 awaits a similar makeover to turn it into GBRf 66783. Picture by Barry Tempest.

On January 30th, 66781 (the former DB Cargo UK 66016) could be witnessed in Eastleigh in GB Railfreight livery. It is the second of the ten Class 66 locomotives acquired from DB Cargo UK by GB Railfreight to receive a new livery and service number. 66782, formerly known as 66046, was the first to undergo this treatment. 66238 and 66250 are currently inside the paint facility to be turned into 66788 and 66789 respectively.

RDC 247 908 'Debbie' near Archsum on 27 January 2018. Picture by Nahne Johannsen.

RDC Autozug Sylt has started using Vectron DE locomotive 247 908 in revenue service. Nahne Johannsen has sent us some impressions from Sylt.

RDC 247 908 'Debbie' near Tinnum on 27 January 2018. Picture by Nahne Johannsen.

Several Class 66 locomotives in the Freightliner PL fleet were originally delivered to the UK. For example: FPL 66015, which used to be known as loco 66412 in the United Kingdom. The EVN-number still reflects this. Picture by Howard Lewsey.

It has been indicated that Freightliner is to move another three Class 66 locomotives from the UK to Poland, where subsidiary Freightliner Poland is to operate them. The first locomotive that has been earmarked to go abroad is 66954. On January 27th, the loco was transported to Immingham, from where it will be shipped to Mainland Europe.

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741 734-8 and 741 733-0 for Dinazzano Po at Česká Třebová on 5 January 2018. Picture by Dalibor Palko.

CZ LOKO has indicated that it handed over Class 741.7 locomotives 741 733-0 and 741 734-8 to Dinazzano Po on January 19th. The handover occurred in Reggio Emilia, where the two will enter service at local intermodal terminals.

"The first two 741.7 locomotives we received from CZ LOKO in 2014. Long-term satisfaction with the locomotives of this series led us to the decision to buy two more. The locomotive meets all of our operational expectations and its reliability is indeed high", said General Manager of Dinazzano Po.

"In Italy, we already have 7 type 741.7 locomotives running and by the end of 2018 we will deliver at least another 3", said Jan Kutálek, Sales Director of CZ LOKO.

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