Shunter, leaders in rolling stock maintenance.
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Company History

Shunter launches its operations, starting out with the maintenance of a fleet of shunting locomotives in the Dutch towns of Geleen and Delfzijl.

Shunter signs a contract for the maintenance of DE6400 25 Line Haul diesel locomotives, effective 1 January 2004, carrying out the work from its site at Rotterdam’s Kleiweg and various other locations.  Later in 2004, Shunter establishes a department that will be dedicated mainly to the on-site maintenance of freight wagons

Shunter starts providing integrated maintenance for Class 66, Br203 and G2000 locomotives in addition to DE6400 locomotives. Our Kleiweg workshop soon turns out to be too small, but fortunately  we can soon move to new premises on the IJsselmonde emplacement.

Shunter relocates to a large workshop after a 12-month construction period. This workshop is strategically located near Rotterdam Waalhaven, one of the busiest freight stations in the Netherlands. This site provides sufficient space to perform maintenance on all Dutch freight locomotives.  At this point we also put the Mobiturn in operation; this is an innovative machine for re-profiling wheel sets installed underneath an locomotive or wagon.

At the end of 2007, two Br203 model line-haul locomotives are added to our fleet of lease locomotives.

In spring 2008, Shunter obtains a permit to operate vehicles in the Netherlands. Thus authorised, the company is able to perform specialist equipment logistics activities, including the transfer of defective equipment to the workshop and test-driving locomotives.

Now the Betuweroute freight railway line has become operational, the number of electrical locomotives in freight transport increases substantially. After training our employees and purchasing a variety of tools and equipment, Shunter starts offering maintenance services for various types of electrical locomotives, including train security systems such as ETCS.

To effectively manage the maintenance of an ever increasing number of locomotives, the company introduces the Split-Level and Lean Six Sigma concepts, which help to reduce turnaround time and increase reliability of supply.

In late 2011, after a period of heavy competition, Shunter acquires the almost brand-new workshop on Blindeweg in Rotterdam from its rival Nedtrain.

After a spray booth is installed in the new workshop on Blindeweg, all operational locomotives in the 6400 and E1600 series are redesigned in the customer’s new branding. The new spray booth enables Shunter to design the locomotives in any colour to suit the customer’s needs.

The wagon repair operations are transferred to Blindeweg in Rotterdam, and a well-equipped wagon recovery track is established, with the option of continued transit. In addition, the company is given the opportunity to lease a plot of land in the Maasvlakte industrial and harbour area. This section of the land is directly connected to the public railway system through an electrified track

Shunter celebrates its 10th anniversary

18 Locomotives of Class DE6400 have been equipped with the Belgian train protection system TBL 1 +. Both engineering and homologation for the Belgian and Dutch rail networks have been undertaken by Shunter.

After staff-training and acquiring the necessary equipment, Shunter is now certified to undertake non-destructive testing of rolling-stock components in accordance with DIN27101-7 for visual, magnetic and ultrasonic checks.