The locomotives will be used on the country’s 1232km 1520mm-gauge network and will replace a fleet of Soviet-era diesel locomotives.

CFM’s purchase was funded by investments by the European Investment Bank, European Union, and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development totalling €110m, which are intended to modernise Moldova’s railway network.

LKZ is majority-owned by Wabtec, following its merger with GE Transportation in February 2019, which had purchased a 50% share of LKZ from Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) in 2017.

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