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First MTU Powered Trains In Argentina

20 China-built locomotives ordered by Ministry of Transport

Posted on July 3, 2013

MTU announced that, for the first time, trains powered by its engines will go into service in Argentina.

Twenty new locomotives built by Chinese manufacturer Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co. Ltd. CNR Group will replace existing ones in service on long-distance railway lines and will be deployed in passenger and freight transport on the Córdoba-Buenos Aires line.  

The diesel-electric locomotives are each powered by one 16V 4000 R43 diesel engine from MTU Friedrichshafen, delivering 2200 kW output power.

The customer is the Argentinian Ministry of Transport, which has ordered 13 type-CKD8G locomotives with a top speed of 120 km/h, and seven CKD8H units capable of 160 km/h top speed.

Shipment of the new trains from the Chinese factory in the port of Dalian all the way to Argentina has been in progress since February. The locomotives are scheduled for commissioning in mid-July. Repair and maintenance of the MTU engines will be covered by Argentinian service partners.