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Prototype shunter rolls out

31 Jul 2012

CZECH REPUBLIC: CZ Loko has rolled out a prototype diesel-electric locomotive for shunting and light mainline duties.

The Class 744 Bo-Bo loco has asynchronous traction motors and a 1 MW Caterpillar 3508C engine meeting the EU Stage IIIA emissions standards. Maximum speed is 100 km/h.

The 72 tonne locomotive has Siemens alternators and dynamic braking; it can be fitted with remote control equipment or automatic couplers.

A 1·55 MW version with a CAT 3512 engine is under development for the 1520 mm gauge market.