mtu engines powering Chinese-built locomotives in Argentina
Posted on July 03, 2013
For the first time, trains powered by mtu engines will go into service in Argentina.
- First mtu locomotive engines to go into service in Argentina
- 20 diesel-electric drives based on Series 4000 engines
Friedrichshafen, July 3, 2013. For the first time, trains powered by mtu engines will go into service in Argentina. 20 brand-new locomotives built by Chinese manufacturer Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd, CNR Group, are each powered by one 16V 4000 R43 engine from Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen. Each diesel unit delivers 2,200 kW. The customer is the Argentinian Ministry of Transport. The new locomotives are to replace existing ones in service on long-distance railway lines and will be deployed in passenger and freight transport on the Córdoba-Buenos Aires line.
Shipment of the new trains from the Chinese factory in the port of Dalian all the way to Argentina has been in progress since February. Propulsion specialist MTU Friedrichshafen and Chinese locomotive manufacturer CNR Dalian Locomotives have already joined forces on an order for New Zealand. The Argentinian Ministry of Transport has ordered 13 type-CKD8G locomotives with a top speed of 120 km/h and seven CKD8H units capable of 160km/h top speed. Repair and maintenance of the mtu engines will be covered by Argentinian service partners. The locomotives are scheduled for commissioning in mid-July.
The Buenos Aires - Rosario - Córdoba line is one of the few long-distance rail links in the provinces around the Argentinian capital. Since the long-distance railway network has only been partially developed and trains require significantly longer than buses, the government has undertaken to expand the country's rail passenger services and is planning to invest in both infrastructure and raw materials.