The Railway History Park in Budapest ceremoniously presented wagon V63 decorated with Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt's logo, which for the next year will be used for traction of freight trains in railway network of Hungary. The special decalling of MÁV-START Zrt wagons was enabled by traction framework contract between the state-owned railway company and Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt. The two companies prepared locomotive visualisation together, further strengthening their cooperation.
The decalled locomotive with track number 91 55 0630 027-5 is almost 30 years old. The six-axle, upgraded, air-conditioned traction power of 3600 kW, shall make 12 thousand kilometers per month on the Hungarian track network. The locomotive shall be used for traction of RCH freight trains.
Rail Cargo Hungaria carries out 70 percent of the Hungarian freight transport. Almost half of the 32-33-million ton freight forwarding traffic is from groupage, i.e. RCH undertakes transportation of one-two railway wagons to their destination. Through ensuring national coverage of single wagon traffic, RCH is the only railway company in Hungary which gets small and medium enterprises' products to European markets, facilitating many companies' competitiveness. The locomotive decalled now shall be mostly used for traction of trains like this.
The diesel traction of Rail Cargo Hungaria trains shall be executed almost completely by MÁV-START. In the area of electric traction, besides the performance of 3.9 million km of 25 pieces of own Taurus locomotives, it uses the services of electric traction from MÁV-START in about 60%. Rail Cargo Hungaria has transported almost 32 million tonnes of goods in 2015. Had this quantity been transported in public roads, they would have been burdened by 1 million 300 thousand trucks. If so many trucks would be lined one after another along Hungary's borders, it would go around the country 9 and half times.
At the locomotive decalling ceremony Csépke András, the CEO of MÁV-START said: For MÁV-START it is of strategic importance to keep and increase its achieved position in the freight market. In order to achieve our aims we shall increase the number of locomotive drivers by 150 people in 2016 and shall put into operation one part of electric locomotives induced by motor train purchases. Beyond increasing the quantity, we shall use the increased resources for increasing the quality of our services.
Dr. Imre Kovács CEO, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt emphasised: Rail Cargo Hungaria and the MÁV Group are operating in a close symbiosis, since the state-owned company is providing RCH with several services. Through paying amounts for shunting and traction services, for the use of railway tracks, vehicle maintenance, property rental, security guarding and human resources services, Rail Cargo Hungaria contributes to the successful and efficient operation of MÁV and its subsidiaries.
The dominant freight company is MÁV marshalling yard services' and Záhony-Port transshipment services largest customer. Through its activity Rail Cargo Hungaria enables the employment of several thousand railway workers at the MÁV Group.
This is not the first occasion MÁV-START and RCH put a special decal on a locomotive. On 2 September 2014 a locomotive bearing a decal illustrating FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria women handball team left the Railway History Park in Budapest. The special Taurus has travelled the rails of Hungary and Austria for a year, and mainly tractioned passenger trains. It arrived to Vienna and great cities in our country, advertising the successful cooperation between RCH and the green-white team in front of millions of passengers. The locomotive has made a total of 141,764 km, its record was 1060 km per day. It takes part in special events, in March 2015 for example, it tractioned the 25 thousandth Audi block train.
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