The contracts call for the delivery of 651 7.2MW six-axle ac passenger locomotives, which will be capable of operating at up to 160km/h, and 345 eight-axle 9.6MW freight units, which will have a maximum speed of 120km/h. A further tender has also been issued for 25 7.2MW six-axle electric locomotives for the Datong-Qinhuangdao heavy-haul line.

According to CRIC only two contractors, domestic suppliers CNR Dalian and CSR Zhuzhou have prequalified for the passenger locomotive contract.

In addition, CRIC has issued tender notices for contracts to supply 2785 passenger coaches of varying designs and 3800 freight wagons.