The First of 20 CZ LOKO Locomotives Delivered to ArcelorMittal Ostrava
ArcelorMittal Ostrava, the largest production factory in the Czech Republic with 190 km of railway is changing their locomotive pool. Through 20 of CZ LOKO´s 741.7 series locomotives, the company expects higher safety for crews, decreased noise and NOx emissions, and increased operation efficiency. The first locomotive was launched on 28 January 2016 with both parties present.
“In addition to more efficient operation, other advantages of the new locomotive are higher comfort and safety for the engine drivers and shunters. The tall driver´s cab with low hoods guarantees a wide view. The automatic coupler minimalises risk when coupling wagons. The LED lights improve the train´s visibility,” said Otto Mischinger, the Transport Director of ArcelorMittal Ostrava.
20 new locomotives are to replace 28 existing locomotives from the 70´s and 80´s of the last century, during the course of this year. An average of 1.7 million tonnes of material is hauled every month. The 741.7 series locomotives are customised for operation on the steelworks´ sidings.