New Bemo Quench loco BL101 in operation at Cokes Factory 1 Tata Steel IJmuiden

After a successful construction with frequent specific consultation with Tata, the new Bemo quench loco BL101 was delivered last spring. In the meanwhile, the extended test period has also been completed successfully and the new quench loco is in operation at the Cokes Factory 1. The quench loco is now fully operational and has been in operation for the first 2000 hours. This is also the maintenance interval, which corresponds to approximately 3 months 24/7 operational duty! The “BL101” is a quench loco with a diesel-electric drive, where just diesel hydraulic variants have been used at the Cokes Factory 1 since the mid-1970s. The diesel engine follows the strict EU Stage IV emission standard, which also reduces NOx emissions. In particular, the extra weight and the larger wheelbase contribute to the greatly improved traction, keeping wheelslip on the super slippery track under control. This allows the locomotive to be used for automatic and unmanned effort in the future.