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Rail Cargo Hungaria is expanding its traction capacity with AKIEM TRAXX diesel locomotives

Rail Cargo Hungaria is expanding its traction capacity with AKIEM TRAXX diesel locomotives
photo: Cargo Hungaria is expanding its traction capacity with AKIEM TRAXX diesel locomotives
05 / 10 / 2021

In order to further expand its own traction capacity, Rail Cargo Hungaria has agreed with AKIEM, a traction vehicles leasing company to lease five F140 DE TRAXX diesel locomotives

The first high-performance equipment arrived at the market-leading Hungarian railway freight company and its keys were symbolically received today by Norbert Körös, member of the Board of Directors and CEO, from Patrice Bildstein, Deputy Managing Director & Europe Sales Director, representing AKIEM. An additional locomotive of the same model will arrive soon, and three more will be delivered by July 2022. The area of operation of the equipment will be in Debrecen and Miskolc area with the purpose to provide shunting services on industrial tracks. The two companies have concluded a lease agreement for 5 years covering also maintenance activity and its costs.

On the occasion of the event, Norbert Körös stated: ‘Operating the TRAXXs will allow more efficient, higher quality train forwarding services for Rail Cargo Hungaria, therefore, we consider leasing diesel locomotives as a profitable investment in the long run. Due to more efficient vehicles, this construction allows us to perform the same tasks with fewer pieces of equipment and staff’. The CEO reminded at the same time that RCH began expanding its own diesel fleet a year ago, increasing its capacity by putting high-performance TRAXXs into service in addition to the shunting locomotives No 2068 with a lower capacity being still in operation, improving in this way the efficiency of its shunting operation. Finally, he stressed: The performance of the leased vehicles will contribute to maintaining single wagon load services provided by Rail Cargo Hungaria ’.

Manufactured in 2008, the performance of this four-axle F140DE TRAXXs is 2200 kW and has a starting tractive effort of 270kN, a maximum speed of  140km/h and a weight of 82 tonnes. The machines have a better-constructed engine than our locomotives used so far, they are more efficient and have a lower emission of pollutants. Their operation will enable us to reduce our fuel consumption by at least 10% on an annual basis, by burning 105,000 liters less diesel oil and reducing CO2 emissions of our company by about 278 tonnes.


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