DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd is to invest £3 million to upgrade seven class 60 locomotives creating a new fleet of “Super 60’s”.
During the first half of this year seven class 60 locomotives will be overhauled in a programme to improve their reliability and to extend the life of each locomotive by 15 years.
A further 14 class 60 locomotives are also planned to be refurbished, creating a fleet of over 20 ‘Super 60’ locomotives. A fleet of this size ensures DB Schenker Rail has the capacity to meet growing demand from its bulk customers to move more by rail.
These powerful locomotives will be especially suited for customers in the steel and aggregate sectors where a high performance locomotive is required.
Alain Thauvette, Chief Executive of DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd said: “I am pleased to announce that the first of the Super 60 locomotives has been released into operations. The Super 60 represents one of the most powerful locomotives in Britain today, delivering unsurpassed and proven traction capability. This investment illustrates DB Schenker’s programme of continuous improvement to deliver industry leading levels of reliability, while having the capacity to deliver solutions to our customers that meet their specific market needs”.