CNR Dalian Locomotive Company sent seven-member team to New Zealand at the beginning of July to carry out on-site preparation work including locomotive oiling and commissioning for 10 sets of the second batch locomotives delivered into Te Rapa, Hamilton to make them adapt to on-line operation services.
The second batch locomotives are the largest power narrow-gauge diesel locomotives in the world built by Dalian Locomotive Company for the NZR KIWIRAIL. It is the second time entering into New Zealand following China-Made locomotives firstly run into a western country in 2010. Low emission, low noise and high comfort are feature in Locomotive design. The maximum power is 2700 kW, the maximum operating speed is 100 km/h and the innovative technology has reached the international advanced level.
These locomotives are mainly used for freight services, delivered in two batches, 10 units for each time. In this May the second batch of export locomotives gradually completed testing, packing, sailing, during about one-month sea journey, 10 initial delivered locomotives arrived in Mount Maunganui Port on June 18 and got to Te Rapa depot on June 20.
According to NZ requirement and delivery plan, the remaining 10 locomotives will be shipped from that date, when arrive in New Zealand, together with the previous 10 locomotives to participate the ribbon-cutting ceremony organized by NZ in August. From September, two batches of 40 locomotives will be put into peak season operation services for New Zealand milk powder export-oriented rail transport, providing strong support for freight transport of NZ railway. (Picture: New Zealand’s second-batch locomotives arriving at Te Rapa depot