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February 08, 2010

Nigeria receives five new GE locomotives

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NIGERIA Railway Corporation (NRC) has received the first five of the 25 C25 model diesel locomotives ordered from GE Transportation to be used for both freight and passenger services on the country's 3500km, 1067mm gauge network.

The six-axle, 1.8 MW horsepower locomotives are being manufactured by GE Transportation South America in Brazil and have been designed to suit Nigeria's axle loads and clearances after GE performed an extensive analysis of Nigeria's railway network, haulage requirements and traffic patterns. As part of its contract with NRC, GE will supply spare parts for the locomotives and also train NRC staff in effective maintenance of the engines and their operations at its Brazilian facilities. The remaining 20 locomotives genigeria.jpgfrom the order will be delivered in the second half of 2010.

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