Sixteen large railway locomotives to be used in the construction phase of the Adelaide to Darwin rail link will be delivered to Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA) in Adelaide on Thursday 18 May. Genesee & Wyoming is a member of the Australia Pacific Transport Consortium which is to build, own, and operate the $1.2 billion rail project.

GWA will overhaul these locomotives, with up to ten of them being rebuilt at a cost of $500,000 each. All of the work is expected to take place in South Australia.

The locomotives, which have been purchased from NSW rail operator, FreightCorp, will be used on work trains over the new rail link. They will haul the tens of thousands of tonnes of rail, concrete sleepers and ballast required when work begins on the 1420 km project later this year.

Some of the locomotives will also be used in the growing freight business of GWA subsidiary Australia Southern Railroad, which provides regional and interstate rail freight services from its Adelaide base.

The locomotives will arrive in Adelaide late on Thursday afternoon and will form an unusual procession as they snake their way through the Mid-North of South Australia. They will travel from Broken Hill to Adelaide via Peterborough and Crystal Brook and will be led by two of GWA's massive orange and black liveried locos.

For further information contact ASR on 08 8343 5455

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