Shunting vehicles

Bemo Rail has been designing and producing shunting locomotives since the 1980s.

Tailor - made shunting solutions because of modular construction method

The Bemo shunting locomotive, also called a rail shunter, is mainly used by companies that move wagons over (internal) tracks, such as industrial and transhipment companies. Our locomotives are constructed for use in heavy-duty conditions for customers all over the world.

Bemo Rail designs and manufactures your shunting locomotive entirely in-house and with first-class components. For many satisfied national and international customers, bespoke versions have been designed, built from our standard high quality materials. Because of our modular construction method, many variaties in capacity, speed and traction are possible.

We are constantly innovating and further development of our shunting products is highly valued.

Technical specifications of the Bemo Rail shunting locomotives. Click on the arrow to expand.


  • Continuously variable speed control from “0
  • Smooth start off with favourable slip limit because of absence of peak forces.


  • Standard Bemo locomotive control, designed for use under heavy-duty circumstances
  • Vibration- and temperature-resistant
  • Manual and/or radio remote control, if required within ATEX conditions
  • Accelerating and braking according to fixed curves, as a result of which:
    • The rail shunter always behaves and reacts steadily
    • Incorrect control is nearly impossible
    • Any operator should be able to work with the railshunter

 Environmental and health & safety legislation

  • Limited noise level
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Electric or hybrid drive
  • Ergonomical accessibility for operation and service


  • Emergency buttons on all corners of the machine, combined with radio remote control
  • Integration of gas detection into the control unit,when used in ATEX conditions (optional)
  • Security through additional proximity/reflection switches (optional)
  • Excellent overview from the cabin


  • All shunting operations can be performed by one operator
  • Easy to operate control system
  • Clear graphic display for operating status and maintenance (HMI /GUI)


  • High quality components are installed as a standard, such as an A-class engine
  • Overall sprung axle suspension with fully closed reductors, resulting in:
    • Reducing damage to switches
    • Reducing the risk of derailment
  • Long technical life span
  • Short delivery time on spare parts


  • Easily accessible, no special maintenance pit required
  • Daily maintenance can be performed by in-housetechnical service
  • Optimal set-up of intervals depending on the application

Shunting couplers

  • All types of shunting couplers
  • All associated adapters
  • Automatic or non-automatic

Pneumatic systems

  • Equipped with pneumatic system for (wagon) brakes
  • Control of various components
  • Compressor output, reservoir capacity and version are selected depending on the use of the locomotive

Track gauge

  • Standard track gauge of 1435 mm
  • Wide and narrow gauge possible
  • Applicable worldwide

Customised shunting locomotives

Thanks to our in-house engineering department, a fully equipped workshop and outstanding knowledge of rails and wagons, the possibilities are numerous. Bemo Rail shunting locomotives are powered by any kind of propulsion system: engines with hydrostatic, hydrodynamic or electrical drive, by battery-electric or hybrid drive. The locomotives can be operated either manually or by remote control. Our shunting locomotives can be build with a power of 10kN to 300kN and have a tensile strength varying from 50 to 4800 tons.

Safe and environmentally friendly shunting vehicles

Apart from the technical aspects, we concentrate on safety, ergonomics and environmental aspects from the design phase until the final delivery of a machine.

Conveniently positioned, ergonomically designed control panels, easy cabin access for operators and maintenance engineers and an unobstructed, 360-degreefield of vision from the cab ensure superior shunting safety.

All Bemo Rail shunting locomotives are designed using state-of-the-art technology, in compliance with current EU/UIC legislation and regulations.

Click here for direct contact with the Bemo Rail shunting department. The technical options are mentioned above.


Call with our sales team

Contact us on: +31 226 - 425300

or contact one of the following persons

Arno Logman
Senior project management/sales
Ron Entius
Senior Project Manager
Chris van der Velde
Work planning / service