Golden Jubilee – Bemo Rail Shunters

We have been selling shunting locomotives, also known as rail shunters, at Bemo for 50 years now. Rail shunters, are typically used by companies that have their own on-site rail logistics systems.

We design and manufacture bespoke shunters from scratch at our workshop in the Netherlands, combining and tailoring standard components to customer-specific needs and requirements. This modular approach to construction makes it possible to deliver any combination of capacities, speeds, and pulling forces. Our shunters are used predominantly in heavy industry, on storage and transhipment sites and at rail and metro depots and workshops.

We employ a highly skilled workforce and integrate only the best quality materials and components. Right from the very first pencil stroke for a new design to the delivery of a brand new locomotive, safety, ergonomics and the environment are top of mind. Boasting a spacious workshop and an industry-savvy engineering department, anything is possible at Bemo Rail.

Back to the beginning…
Since 1970, Bemo Rail represented locomotive brands such as Vollert, MaK, Hunslet and Allen from England and Germany. In 1983, the Bemo business model changed. To meet our customers’ needs, we started engineering our own locomotives. First using parts that were in available in the European market; later using parts machined in our own workshop.

First Bemo locomotive 1983, assembled by Steemeijer.

Co-founder Berkhout: “The first Bemo locomotive was a diesel locomotive for the Dutch Railways. We received a one-million-guilder (approximately 453,780 euro) subsidy from the Ministry of Economic Affairs to build the locomotive. The Dutch Railways ordered a second locomotive right away, an electric one with a conductor line. That second locomotive was finished before the ‘first’. At that time, we engineered the locomotives and had them assembled by Steemeijer in Hoogwoud.”

  • 1970 – 1982 Representation of locomotives as a commercial product from England and Germany from Vollert, MaK, Hunslet and Allan.
  • 1983 Started engineering our own locomotives; assembly by Steemeijer in Hoogwoud, NL.
  • 1986 Shunter with an electric with cable, range of 1000 meters. This was used to wash the passenger trains and went to a customer in Maastricht.
  • 1987 Started with the assembly of locomotives in our workshop in Waarland. The ‘first’ Bemo locomotive made in Waarland was electrically powered, the loc went to a customer in Switzerland.
  • 1987 The second locomotive built in our workshop in Waarland was used for the Hanover stock exchange and featured during the opening of our new premises in Waarland: the locomotive burst through a banner with the world on it to emphasize the international character of Bemo Rail.
  • 1989 An old locomotive was converted into a float for the local carnival in Waarland.
  • 1993 We sold our engineering drawings of locomotives to Stork RMO.
  • 1996 First product with CE quality label, a lateral chain system with lorries, to transport steel rolls at Tata Steel. We installed both the rails and the lateral chain system with lorries.
  • 2005 New, 2nd generation of Bemo Rail locomotives. The first two machines were made for Vopak, the Dutch oil and petrochemical storing and handling company located in Vlissingen.
  • 2006 Bemo Rail develops its own train traversers.
  • 2018 Rebuilt series of Quench locomotives for Tata Steel.

Read more about the Bemo Rail Shunters.

1987 In-house assembly in the Bemo workshop in Waarland.

Series of GE Quench Locomotives for Tata Steel

Bemo Rail Train Traverse