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

Quench locomotive 104 delivered to Tata Steel

The fourth quench locomotive 104 has been delivered to Tata Steel this week. On site, our engineer repositioned the cabin, connected the mechanics, electrics and the quench loc is ready for testing.

Where does Tata use the quench locomotive for?
The quench locomotive is used by Tata to transport a quench wagon with cokes. Cokes is a raw material that is used as a reducing agent in the production of steel.

For the “quenching” of the cokes a quench wagon is used, which is shunted by our quench locomotive. The cokes is poured from an oven into the wagon and then quenching with water at the quenching tower, after which the coke is poured onto a conveyor belt through a dumping ramp and then transported to the oven. For this process, the quench locomotive is used to move the quench wagon along the ovens, fire tower and dump ramp.

Technical requirements
Because of this process and the surrounding conditions, specific requirements are necessary on the quench locomotive. For example, there is an extremely low friction coefficient, between wheel and rail and the cabin driver is placed high to have a view of the open top of the quench wagon. The environment is extremely polluting and aggressive, the design is therefore aimed at keeping the contamination outside the machine and engine compartment and supplying the required air in a filtered manner.

At Bemo Rail we make many types of shunting vehicles. All locomotives are engineered and produced in-house in our Bemo workshop in Warmenhuizen, NL.

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Golden Jubilee Bemo – Dutch Shunting Locomotive

Dutch Financial Telegraph 7 december 1985: “For the first time in years, the Netherlands has a say in the construction of locomotives.

Bemo a company from Alkmaar has developed a technically advanced shunting locomotive, which was immediately bought by the Dutch Railways. There is also a lot of interest from abroad. The locomotive can be seen on Sunday in the television program “Brandpunt in de Markt”. The last Dutch rolling stock was off the production line at Werkspoor Diesel in 1971.”

Short video with English subtitles.

Full version of the broadcast.

TB100 Traverse taken into use

The new traverse for the Locomotive Workshop Rotterdam has been installed and taken into use. The Siemens Vectron track locomotives are placed on the right track for maintenance by the traverse. The traverse has a load capacity of 100 tons. The traverse serves 2 supply tracks, 6 maintenance / workshop tracks and 8 parking tracks.

BRD50 Lyondell; is delivered and in use

New BRD-50 locomotive deliverd to Lyondell Chemie Nederland B.V and taken into use.

The 2-axle locomotive is equipped with a diesel hydrostatic drive, suitable for accurate and safe movement.

Specifically for Lyondell, the speed is limited to 6km /h. The locomotive is also equipped with a braking system to stop the wagons, as well as an automatic RK900 shunting coupling, radio remote control and gas detection, which switches the locomotive off in the event of an emergency.

Major maintenance BRD130 Dow Benelux

In our Bemo workshop, major maintenance was carried out on a BRD130 locomotive from DOW Benelux BV. All hydraulic hoses have been replaced. The locomotive has been delivered to Dow Benelux and taken into use.

More information about our maintenance & 24 hour service.

Golden Jubilee – Arno Logman, Head of Shunting Department

Arno has honed and developed his skills at Bemo Rail for the past 33 years. He is one of the most loyal employees a company could desire, and an expert in his field.

He started as a trainee at Bemo Rail in 1986. During his internship, he helped build the first locomotive in our Waarland workshop. Arno became a full employee at Bemo Rail in 1987, when he started as a mechanic. In 1992, he was asked by Mr. Ter Mors to pick up the shunting preparation in the office. Over the years, Arno has grown into his current position as manager of the Shunting department.

Arno: “I would describe my time at Bemo as very diverse and dynamic: from the 24-year-old mechanic who once started at Bemo, I have come a long way to where I am now. I am very proud of that and the position Bemo Rail has created for itself in the current market! We deliver our product with great success to the petrochemical sector, heavy industry and railways worldwide, and we serve a large group of appealing companies with our service and after sales. People sometimes say: ‘You’ve been there for so long!’ The reason is simple: new opportunities and challenges have always come up and I’ve been in a position to seize them.”

Locomotives
Arno: “The locomotives that we build today are no longer comparable to the locomotives of the past. The main changes are the ergonomic and environmental aspects. Basically, the locomotive is still a locomotive that is mostly driven by a diesel engine and pushes wagons back and forth. Only now you see that they are better accessible, due to a better, more modern and functional structure. The locomotives are many times tidier, more efficient and better structured than in the beginning. In addition, the locomotives are now equipped with a PLC control system, of course, which is a big difference compared to the early days. The structure of the machines is also quite different nowadays, due to changes to the welding and assembly processes, which are much more efficient than before. As a company, we are continuously innovating to make our locomotives and lorries as good, efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly as possible. We always strive to build the best machine possible.”

“A lot has happened over the years. The “designs” were sold to Stork RMO in 1993. Stork RMO was responsible for sales and Bemo Rail took care of the assembly. In addition, the focus for Bemo Rail was mainly on renting and selling used locomotives and maintaining them. The collaboration with Stork RMO was only of short duration. For a period of time, no locomotives were made at Bemo Rail. The construction of our Bemo locomotives started again in around 2005. The first “second generation” Bemo locomotives were made for Vopak, a Dutch multinational company located in Vlissingen, that stores and handles oil, chemicals and natural gas-related products. After 2005, the production was gradually expanded. Maintenance is still a very important activity; most locomotives are leased by our customers and the lease includes the maintenance of the machines. Right now, we are fully engaged in the production of a series of locomotives for Tata Steel, consisting of the rebuild of GE locomotives and four quench locomotives for an extinguishing track.”

Bemo Rail Shunting team in the workshop with the GE locomotive for Tata Steel

Early 90s Suriname
Arno Logman: “We did a special project in the 1990s in the jungle of Suriname. It was a development project commissioned by the Dutch government. We had to install a korjaal transfer installation for the village of Diitabiki (Drietabbetje). A korjaal is a Surinamese boat, which resembles a canoe. We flew there with a former drug plane (as the story goes).” Diitabiki is a Ndyuka village in the Sipaliwini District of Suriname. Diitabiki is the home of the Gaanman of the Ndyuka people. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Arno Logman: “We installed a lorry there that was winched into the water, so that the korjaal can sail on it. This was needed to circumvent the rapids and provide the villages beyond the rapids with goods such as food and fuel. In practice, the goods were unloaded from the korjaal onto the truck and it was then lifted up the hill. On the other side of the river, the goods could then be loaded into another korjaal and form there be transported further.”

Project for the Sultan of Brunei, 1996
Arno: “In 1996, we received an order for a project from the Sultan of Brunei (Brunei Shell LNG), a country in Southeast Asia. The project involved two phases. First, the extension of a jetty with a 500m track construction for which we supplied the rail parts; they laid the rails themselves. The second phase was the delivery of tailor-made, battery-driven electric Bemo passenger cars, to ride on rail (ATEX version). The cars transport the maintenance people from the factory on shore to the ship and vice versa. LNG is loaded into the ship over the jetty of now 4.5 km long, out into the sea. Later on, two extra lorries were shipped to Brunei.”

Arno Logman, Teun Druijf and client in Brunei.

Progress Tata Steel Quench loco 104

The BL104’s diesel engine will start this week. We will soon start with the testing of the BL104, which is expected to be ready for delivery before the summer of 2020.

This is the largest series of locomotives of the same type in the history of Bemo Rail. Read more about the BL locomotives for Tata Steel.

Onderhoud aan rails en rangeervoertuigen

Onze onderhoudswerkzaamheden gaan gewoon door! Juist in deze moeilijke tijd zetten wij onze vijftig jaar ervaring en vakmanschap graag in, om te zorgen dat uw organisatie klaar is voor de toekomst.

Bemo Rail is opgericht als een bescheiden handelsbedrijf in 1970. Sindsdien zijn we uitgegroeid tot een van ‘s werelds toonaangevende experts op het gebied van rail- en rangeertechniek. Omdat we alle diensten onder één dak hebben; van tekening tot eindproduct, slagen we er zelfs nu, met deze wereldwijde uitdaging in om onze operatie draaiende te houden.

Onze Bemo Rail vak experts komen graag langs om onderhoudswerkzaamheden te doen aan uw rangeervoertuigen, rail- en kraanbanen. Met gepaste afstand en extra beschermingsmaatregelen staan we voor uw klaar. Uw kranen en locomotieven moeten blijven rijden en wij kunnen u daarbij van dienst zijn.

Rangeertechniek
De ervaren service medewerkers van Bemo Rail zijn uitgebreid geschoold in alle facetten van het vak, tevens opgeleid tot machinist en beheersen de specifieke kennis voor onder andere remtechniek en werken met een radiolok. Daarnaast beschikken zij over alle mogelijke moderne hulpmiddelen en volledig ingerichte bedrijfswagens. Een onderdeel van het dienstenaanbod is het periodiek onderhouden van; rangeerlocomotieven, lorries, traversen en treinverhaalinstallaties.

Railtechniek
Indien uw railbaan of trolleyrail met verzakking, verschuivingen, railbreuken of andere problemen te kampen heeft, kunnen wij dat oplossen. Een beschadigde rail kan immers uw kraan buiten bedrijf houden, wat vervelende consequenties kan hebben en dus opgelost moet worden. Daarnaast kunnen wij uw railconstructie ook periodiek onderhouden.

Wilt u vrijblijvend meer informatie?

  • Voor onderhoud aan rail- of kraanbanen kunt u contact opnemen met George Nieuwland via, nieuwland@bemorail.nl of 0226-425318.
  • Voor onderhoud aan uw rangeervoertuigen kunt u contact opnemen met Remon van den Hoek via, vandenhoek@bemorail.nl of 0226-425316.

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