LOCOMOTIVE builder Vossloh, which opened a new factory in Kiel-Suchsdorf in northern Germany last year, is building up to 50 new diesel locos a year.
Currently, all those being built are its new four-axle ‘DE18’ design. Unlike previous Vossloh designs these are diesel-electric locos and incorporate an MTU 12V 4000 R43L engine.
Many have been bought by private freight operators, with 11 having been supplied to Luxembourg Railways (CFL).
Forty-four of the ‘DE18’ type locos are on order for leasing company Akiem, which will supply them to French Railways (SNCF) as ‘BB79000’ to replace older ‘BB67200’ rescue and infrastructure locos.
The first arrived in France in February.
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