A thing I didn't know was a thing

This strange looking beast.

It’s a Colmar SL160E electric shunter. Power is by two 40 kW motors which are supplied by a 4,200 Ah battery pack.

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80 kW is only about 107 bhp, (coincidentally it’s about as much as my car) so we’re not talking about much in the way of power, especially as it weighs about 30 tonnes.

So, what kind of weight can this machine move?

About 3,200 tonnes on level ground. It’s surprising what you can do with really low gearing.

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