Shunting vehicles

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

Tailor­made solutions with 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, tailor-made 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 possibilities


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



  • Standard Bemo locomotive control, specifically designed for use under heavy-duty
  • Trembling- and temperature-resistant
  • Manually and/or radio remote controlled, if required with explosion proof encapsulation.
  • Accelerating and braking according to fixed curves, as a result of which:
    • Always very steady behaviour (reaction) of the rail shunter
    • Incorrect control is virtually impossible.
    • Consequently any operator can work with the rail shunter.


Environmental and health and safety legislation

  • Limited noise level
  • Very low fuel consumption
  • Clean diesel engines
  • Electric or hybrid drive
  • Ergonomic accessibility for operation and service



  • Emergency buttons on all corners of the machine, especially in combination with radio remote control.
  • Integration of gas detection into the control unit, when used in Ex-zones (optional)
  • Security by means of additional proximity/reflection switches (optional)
  • Excellent overview from the cabin


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



  • High quality components are installed as standard, such as A-class engines.
  • Overall sprung axle suspension with fully closed reductors, resulting in:
    1. Reducing damage to switches
    2. Reducing the risk of derailment
  • Long technical lifetime
  • Short delivery times on parts



  • Easily accessible, no special lubrication pit required
  • Daily maintenance can be performed by in-house technical service
  • Intervals are set up as optimally as possible, depending on the application


Shunting couplers

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


Pneumatic installations

  • Equipped with pneumatic installation for (wagon) brakes.
  • For the control of various components.
  • Compressor output, tank capacity and version are selected according to 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 countless. We offer various driving options for example, such as hydrostatic or hydrodynamic drive with diesel engine, or an electric or hybrid drive. The locomotive 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

Apart from the technical aspects, we concentrate on safety, ergonomics and environmental aspects from the first design phase until the final delivery of a machine. The ergonomically designed control panels, combined with an ample all-round view from the cabin, make the safe operation of the machine complete. A well-balanced control system ensures that all components are carefully controlled. The Bemo shunting locomotive has been designed using state-of-the-art techniques, taking the applicable EC/TSI/UIC standards and legislation into account.

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