Consignment of modern US locomotives reaches Karachi

Published: January 23, 2017
A newly-inducted GE locomotive is being offloaded at the Karachi port on Monday. PHOTO: APP

A newly-inducted GE locomotive is being offloaded at the Karachi port on Monday. PHOTO: APP

KARACHI: A consignment of seven modern locomotives reached Karachi from the United States to reinforce Pakistan Railways’ existing fleet.

“Pakistan will receive a total of 55 locomotives in different phases from the US. The remaining 48 are expected to be handed over to the Pakistan Railways by June 2017,” official sources in the Ministry of Railways told APP Monday.

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Commenting on specifications of the locomotives, sources said the consignment comprised 4,000 horsepower diesel-powered modern locomotives produced by General Electric with a 676mm gauge. The 137 tonne six-axle locomotives are designed for a maximum speed of 120 km per hour and are expected to provide better fuel efficiency and longer maintenance intervals than Pakistan Railways’ current fleet.

CEO Pakistan Railways Muhammad Javed Anwar at the inauguration of newly inducted locomotives at the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) on Monday. PHOTO: APP

The locomotives will help cope with the harsh operating conditions in Pakistan, having additional cooling capacity and an air-conditioned cab suitable for bidirectional operation.

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They will also be used for transporting imported coal from Karachi’s Port Qasim to Sahiwal Power Plant in Punjab and Jamshoro Power Plant in Sindh.

This is the first ever consignment of Evolution Series locomotives to have reached anywhere in South Asia, the official added, saying it is also Pakistan’s first such fleet.

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  • Siddiqui
    Jan 23, 2017 - 6:25PM

    Strange. USA is still using these old fashioned diesel locomotives.Recommend

  • Muhammed Saeed
    Jan 23, 2017 - 6:26PM

    this is funny, US buys trains from Canada and China because they are…..Recommend

  • Bhaijaan
    Jan 23, 2017 - 6:30PM

    Have they fixed the problem of generator rotors catastrophically breaking into two in the middle of a journey? Go, ask them. Not that it will do you any good now.Recommend

  • imad
    Jan 23, 2017 - 6:39PM

    And no technology transfer agreement was part of this?Recommend

  • Jamshed
    Jan 23, 2017 - 6:41PM

    Hey what happened to taller than mountain friend China’s engines? I thought USA, who is actively sabotaging CPEC is our enemy..why are we buying engines from them?Recommend

  • curious2
    Jan 23, 2017 - 9:01PM

    If you want to use coal you need to have dependable powerful diesel locomotives – GE makes some of the best. Coal is heavy so you might consider upgrading the rails as well. Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Jan 23, 2017 - 9:46PM

    @Jamshed Just get out of imaginary shell, no country nor even US is sabotaging CPEC. It’s a mere harbor, or port, where China will unload oil instead taking around Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, South Korea. It will cost China less time and energy, from Gawadar, the oil will be transported by train, and road, into Xingxiang, for which China is investing heavily. Question is, Pakistan will make best use of CPEC is doubtful. Recommend

  • AKA
    Jan 23, 2017 - 9:55PM

    @Siddiqui – Old fashioned looking but extremely powerful reliable
    @M Saeed – Canada buys 4000HP plus diesel locomotives from GE USA
    @China is one of the biggest trading partner of USA. not a good idea mixing Trades with Politics and secondly, GE USA is, i guess, the only company produces such a powerful engines.
    It’s always smart to be rational than emotional all the time. :)Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Jan 23, 2017 - 10:08PM

    you should NOT ask these questions, this hurts the sentiments fake peoples,Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Jan 23, 2017 - 10:08PM

    Sadaqe and zakat are not by choice, what ever is left is given for charity, like turkey donated 100 buses after up gradation.Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Jan 23, 2017 - 10:09PM

    technology transfer not possible in Zakat. Sorry next.Recommend

  • Uncle Sam
    Jan 23, 2017 - 10:19PM

    Horrible Color Scheme.
    This Color combination of Dark green and red is so disgusting that it makes me sick.
    Atleast color it to make it preesentable. Recommend

  • Mustafa
    Jan 23, 2017 - 10:39PM

    These are no old fashioned locomotives but are the most state-of-the-art energy efficient monsters with 4000HP of power. You should see pictures of this class of machines at work on the rugged US terrains. Upto 6 locos coupled together and pulling a mile long take is a sight to been seen and experienced.Recommend

  • Raj
    Jan 24, 2017 - 12:12AM

    So Pakistan can manufacture Missiles but not Locomotives.Recommend

  • Kamran
    Jan 24, 2017 - 6:11AM

    The General Electric ES40DC EVOLUTION is high technology Traction Motor design utilizing a high efficiency 12 cylinder Turbodiesel with 40% fewer emissions. This engine produces the same power as 16 cylinder units in lesser locomotives. Power is transferred via Asynchronous generation and converted to DC by Capacitor Inverters so no transmission is required. Final drive is through axle mounted electric direct drive. This is fine piece of machinery and it’s unfortunate many who make comments might not be aware of the reality of superior engineering and reliability.Recommend

  • 007
    Jan 24, 2017 - 8:57AM

    @Siddiqui They are intended for freight purposes. It doesn’t have to be sexy. Recommend

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