posted on 19th Sep 2022 14:15
CZ LOKO has also established itself in Finland. It managed to penetrate the Estonian market through Operail, the Estonian state operator,with another locomotive type, when the almost year-long approval process for the Class C30-M was completed in August 2022.
For this purpose, on the locomotive 1570 was its fuel tank and radio modified and the wheelset was reprofiled for operation on 1 524 mm track gauge. The locomotive, subsequently redesignated Class C30-MF, was modified primarily for use in the port of Kotka. Here, a GE-built PowerHaul main line locomotive not very suitable for this purpose was replaced by the modernised shunter.
Each Class C30-M locomotive upgraded at Operail's Tapa depot is named after former Tapa station masters. Locomotive 1570, running in Finland, is named after Jakob Roplik, foreman in 1940 - 41.