Seven lat­est lo­co­mo­tives reach Karachi from US

Pakistan Today (Karachi) - - BUSINESS -

A con­sign­ment of seven new mod­ern lo­co­mo­tives has reached Karachi from the United States to re­in­force Pakistan Rail­ways’ ex­ist­ing fleet.

“Pakistan will re­ceive a total of 55 lo­co­mo­tives in dif­fer­ent phases from the US. The re­main­ing 48 are ex­pected to be handed over to the Pakistan Rail­ways by June 2017,” of­fi­cial sources in the Min­istry of Rail­ways said on Mon­day.

Com­ment­ing on spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the lo­co­mo­tives, they said th­ese were 4,000 horse­power mod­ern diesel lo­co­mo­tives of Gen­eral Elec­tric with 676 mm gauge and fully as­sem­bled. The 137 tonne six-axle lo­co­mo­tives are de­signed for a max­i­mum speed of 120 km per hour, and are ex­pected to pro­vide bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency and longer main­te­nance in­ter­vals than Pakistan Rail­ways’ cur­rent fleet.

The lo­co­mo­tives, with each one has 12-cylin­der of 563 horse power en­gine, would help cope with the harsh op­er­at­ing con­di­tions in Pakistan, hav­ing ad­di­tional cool­ing ca­pac­ity and an air-con­di­tioned cab suit­able for bidi­rec­tional op­er­a­tion. This is ever first con­sign­ment of evo­lu­tion se­ries lo­co­mo­tives to any­where South Asia, which Pakistan has re­ceived ever first time, they added. Ac­cord­ing to the con­tract, they said USA based Co­rys Elec­tric Com­pany has to sup­ply a full-scope sim­u­la­tor for driver train­ing. They said the lo­co­mo­tives would be used for trans­port­ing the im­ported coal from Karachi’s Port Qasim to Sahi­wal Power Plant in Pun­jab and Jamshoro Power Plant in Sindh.

In 2015, they said that Pakistan Rail­ways had signed an agree­ment with USA for pro­vi­sion of 55 Gen­eral Elec­tric diesel lo­co­mo­tives, out of which 40 would be used to haul im­ported coal from Karachi to the Sahi­wal and Jamshoro power sta­tions and 15 in gen­eral freight ser­vices.

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