CZ Loko Isdemi loco

TURKEY: Steelmaker Erdemir has placed an order for four CZ Loko EffiShunter 600 shunting locomotives to be delivered to its Eregli plant in Q1 2023, with an option for two more.

Intended to replace obsolete Soviet and Chinese-designed locos at the plant, they will have 709 kW CAT C27 diesel engines and will accommodate non-standard loading gauges, tight curves, a dusty environment and harsh weather.

CZ Loko has previously supplied six EffiShunter 600 locomotives to the Isdemir steelworks, two Class 744 locomotives to Erdemir, and two Class 741.7 locos which are used by TCDD as rescue locos for the Bosporus tunnel.

‘Although we entered Turkey six years ago, it is still a new market for us, and therefore a very challenging one’, said Sales Director Jan Kutálek when the latest order was announced on November 26. ‘But the contract at the steelworks, which is among the largest iron and steel producers in the world, confirms that we are moving in the right direction. Modern design, crew safety, ecological operation and high reliability allow our locomotives to withstand the demanding conditions of continuous operation at a steelworks.’