Tazara orders more Chinese locomotives

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CSR Qishuyan Locomotive Co., Ltd
CSR Qishuyan Locomotive Co., Ltd

TANZANIA-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) has awarded CSR Qishuyan Locomotive Company, China, a contract worth $US 12.5m to supply four additional type SDD20 diesel locomotives for use on its 1860km line between Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia.

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Tazara says that after some initial teething problems the six units delivered last year are now performing satisfactorily. The extra locomotives are due to be delivered by December 2014. 

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In addition to the Chinese locomotives, Tazara operates a fleet of 10 GE U30C locomotives, which date back to the opening of the railway in 1976. These locomotives have suffered poor reliability in recent years as a result of overuse and inadequate maintenance.

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