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KiwiRail drops China for Spain for new locos

Staff reporters
Tue, 12 Oct 2021

Locomotive order is on track (Image: Supplied)
Staff reporters
Tue, 12 Oct 2021
KiwiRail will pay €228 million ($403m) to replace its ageing South Island locomotive fleet, confirming an order for 57 locomotives built by Stadler Rail Valencia.The Spanish-built diesel/electric powered narrow gauge locomotives will replace the current 65-strong fleet over a three year period from 2024. Swiss-based Stadler Rail is one of the world's leading manufacturers of railway rolling stock, with subsidiaries across nine different countries. KiwiRail group chief executive Greg Miller said the average age of the fleet is 47 y...

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