20 New Locomotives to be Purchased from GE
ISLAMABAD: This Wednesday a contract was signed between Pakistan Railways and General Electric (GE) for the acquisition of 20 light weighted locomotives that will assist the railways in the haulage of passengers and supplies from corner to corner of the country’s alpine northern topography. Recently the first Chinese cargo train made its way to Karachi.
The new concord harmonized a former deal of 55 GE locomotives, the first of which has adhered to the fleet of Pakistan Railways earlier this year.
The new agreement rehabilitated the railways’ flourishing relationship with GE for more than thirty years, and it reckons upon the dedication to further grow the railway infrastructure in Pakistan.
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These newly purchased 2,000 horsepower locomotives are intended to show better maneuverability across difficult access roads. The AC/DC friendly locomotives make possible the unique tactile effort essential to operate in the country’s northern alpine terrain.
The locomotives can pull both freight liners and passenger cargoes, and will principally be used to operate between Karachi and Lahore, and afterward to Peshawar and Quetta. They would be focused on supplying oil and coal while small companies of Faisalabad and Multan would also be provided accommodation by running one cargo train each from these stations.
Railways Minister Saad Rafiq while speaking at the signing ceremony said that Pakistan Railways was revamping its systems with the assistance of globally renowned brands like GE transportation through the process of clear bidding.