Leasing company to take hybrid shunting locomotives

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Clayton Equipment Hybrid+ CBD90 90-tonne shunting locomotive

UK built emission free hybrid shunting locomotives will be available to the rail network on a leasing scheme.

Long-standing UK manfacturer of railway locomotives, Clayton Equipment, has agreed a contract with Beacon Rail Leasing for the supply of 15 innovative Hybrid+ CBD90 locomotives.

The agreement will allow UK customers to operate the Clayton CBD90 locomotives through an efficient Beacon Rail lease, realising commercial benefits from reduced costs and lead time as well as having the additional benefit of UK based customer service support from both companies.

Self contained hybrid technology

The Clayton CBD90 is a 90 tonne Hybrid+ Bo-Bo locomotive, the largest built in the UK in over 20 years. It is self-contained with onboard battery charging and with significantly reduced costs and emissions thanks to Clayton’s proprietary Hybrid+ technology. Battery charging is undertaken from a 3-phase supply, providing 100% emission free operation in this mode or from the low emission, EU Stage V Diesel engine.

According to Clive Hannaford, Managing Director at Clayton Equipment, the leasing agreement is a significant milestone in the company’s history and provides a major growth opportunity for Clayton Equipment.

“Beacon has extensive rail asset expertise which will help ensure the two companies maximise the potential to supply our customer base with sustainable, low emission, environmentally compliant equipment,” he says.

Adam Cunliffe, CEO of Beacon, added that the company operates in a fast-changing environment with increased demand for lower emissions, new technology, more capacity and cost-effective assets.

“The new partnership with Clayton Equipment will serve to meet this demand with its battery-powered equipment, which will not only provide for environmental benefits but will allow our customers to realise costs savings over time in terms of fuel consumption,” he concludes.

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