New Australind Railcar Design Unveiled
Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti unveiled the design of the new Australind railcar at Burnaby station.
Transmashholding (TMH) and import agency Tradex have signed a contract for 23 LDE-2500 diesel locomotives. The customer is Ferrocarriles de Cuba.
Almost 2 years after the initial signing of the contract, TMH will develop, manufacture and ship 23 standard-gauge diesel locomotives to Cuba. These locomotives can pull both passenger carriages and freight cars. Bryansk Machine-Building Plant, which is part of Transmashholding, is responsible for the engineering and production elements. Andrei Vlasenko, General Director of BMZ, and Jose Antonio Garcia, General Director of Tradex, were the signing parties.
Once assembled, the locomotives will travel to Havana by sea, passing through a port in St Petersburg. Once in Cuba, Transmashholding employees will assist in unloading, positioning and inspecting the rolling stock.
In particular, the locomotives feature a design suited to Cuba’s tropical maritime climate. In fact, Cuba has one of the highest metal corrosion rates in the world. This is because of its high salinity and humidity. The TMH locomotives, however, must deliver a 30-year life-cycle.
“Much work has been done, and we are delighted to see this agreement – a part of our integrated program to renew and develop Cuban railroad infrastructure – signed; we expect Transmashholding’s machinery to become a boon to economic growth of the country.”
“Cuban economy needs reliable and efficient solutions – I am confident that our products exhaustively meet customer’s requirements and will play a tangible role in economic development of the country.”
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