Bumblebee in the country of a thousand lakes

Bumblebee in the country of a thousand lakes

CZ LOKO, a.s.

CZ LOKO is a Czech manufacturer of diesel-electric locomotives. They design and manufacture them in their own plants in Česká Třebová and Jihlava. Currently, their locomotives run in 19 countries. Finland is one of them. The EffiShunter 1600 locomotive, with an output of 1550 kW (known as the 'Bumblebee' among railway fans), is operated over there by the private carrier Fenniarail.

The Bumblebee in the photo has been designed to operate at temperatures down to -50 °C and is designated as Dr18 in Finland. Fenniarail operates these trains as far as the Kemijärvi timber plant within the Arctic Circle. Such trains typically have 25 to 30 wagons and a load weight reaching up to 2700 tons. The train, including the engine, can then be longer than 800 metres. And what is the maximum the EffiShunter 1600 can pull? It is an incredible 5800 tonnes! That is the extreme – an exception and not an everyday reality.

Photo: Juha Vuorinen / Fenniarail Oy

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