Information published on 18 October 2011 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 261.

Switzerland: into the future of shunting with hybrid locomotives

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On 14 October, SBB Cargo and Stadler Winterthur AG presented the new hybrid locomotive, type Eem 923, for the first time. Early 2012, SBB Cargo will start service with the first of the 30 locomotives ordered. They will enable an environmentally-friendly and more efficient line and delivery service.

The hybrid drive is ideal for SBB Cargo’s purposes. Since the Eem 923 is suitable for both line operation and shunting, SBB Cargo gains flexibility in its production. “With a maximum speed of 120 km/h, the new locomotive will make it significantly easier to use free routes on the heavily loaded Swiss rail network,” explains Michel Henzi, General Project Manager at SBB Cargo. SBB Cargo will thus be able to lower its operating and maintenance costs.

In addition, CO2 emissions will be reduced by more than 4000 tonnes per year.

(Source: SBB Cargo)