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New Zealand’s New Locomotives Powered By Tognum Drive Systems

Posted on September 30, 2009

Tognum is to deliver MTU engines type 20V 4000 R43 for 20 new locomotives operated by the New Zealand company KiwiRail. The locomotives are to be supplied by China's Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co., Ltd. CNR Group. The delivery of the Friedrichshafen-built engines is scheduled from October 2009 until January 2010.

New Zealand is the first industrial country to order Chinese locomotives and the end user KiwiRail made the award of the order to Dalian conditional on the installation of MTU drive units. “This is a breakthrough for the Chinese rail industry and that means it is also a breakthrough for us”, declared Rainer Breidenbach, member of the Tognum executive board. “For the Chinese manufacturers of locomotives scheduled for export, MTU drive systems make an essential selling point, while providing us with the access to a new market.”

Over the next few years, KiwiRail will be purchasing another 60 to 80 new locomotives and the supply of an initial 20 Dalian locomotives with MTU engines is therefore a significant reference project for possible follow-up orders. The new drive units deliver 2,700 kW and meet UIC III international emissions standards, offering advantages in terms of low fuel consumption and low emissions.

The locomotives are due to go into service on the mainline networks in New Zealand from 2010.

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