March 20, 2014

More Chinese locomotives for Australia

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CSR Qishuyan Locomotive Company, China, has completed a batch of five SDA2 diesel locomotives, which will be used by Pacific National (PN), Australia, on the 1067mm-gauge heavy-haul coal network in central Queensland.

The six-axle ac traction locomotives are designated class 88 by PN.

This is the third batch of CSR locomotives to be delivered to Australia, and a fourth is due to be delivered later this year, which will take the total number of Chinese ac traction diesels in Australia to 23.

However CSR's entry into the Australian locomotive market has not been without its difficulties. In January two CSR Ziyang locomotives imported by Australian rolling stock supplier Bradken were found to be contaminated with asbestos, a problem which has also affected the fleet of CSR-class units in service with SCT Logistics subsidiary Specialised Bulk Rail (SBR).

In January two CSR Ziyang locomotives imported by Australian rolling stock supplier Bradken were found to be contaminated with asbestos, a problem which has also affected the fleet of CSR-class units in service with SCT Logistics subsidiary Specialised Bulk Rail (SBR).

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/australia-nz/australian-importer-faces-fine-after-asbestos-found-in-chinese-locos.html

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