Australian rail operator, Australia Southern Railroad (ASR) has awarded the
engineering company EDI Rail a total of $6 million in contracts associated
with the Alice Springs to Darwin rail project. The contracts are for the
refurbishment of locomotives and wagons to be used for construction of the
rail link. The work will be carried out at EDI’s Port Augusta Workshops.
Australia Southern Railroad (ASR), a subsidiary of the Australian
Railroad Group (ARG), will provide the construction trains to
be used in building the railway.
The contracts awarded to EDI Rail provide for:
Full overhaul, upgrading and repaint of four 2000hp 422
class mainline locomotives.
Full overhaul, upgrading and repaint of four 3000hp L Class
Refurbishment and modification of 26 permanently coupled
pairs of rail wagons.
locomotives will be used in groups of three on the construction trains, which
will radiate from Tennant Creek and Katherine to the railheads, carrying the
hundreds of thousands of tonnes of rail, sleepers and ballast required for the
modified rail wagons will be used to transport 27.5 metre lengths of steel
rail from the OneSteel plant at Whyalla to Alice Springs.
Executive Officer of ASR, Wayne James said, “ASR is pleased that the work is
being awarded to South Australian workshops. Port Augusta has a long and proud
tradition as a strategic railway centre and it is only fitting that these
workshops should play a pivotal role in the Alice to Darwin project.”
investment by ASR, comes on top of the financial commitment to the project from
the Federal and State Governments and the Consortium partners. The refurbishment
of the locomotives will extend their working life by at least ten years, well
beyond the project’s construction phase.”
will continue to be a valuable asset to ASR and will assist with the further
expansion of our business as we take advantage of the opportunities provided by
the expanding regional and interstate rail freight market,” Mr James said.
Rail State Manager, John Jason said, “I am delighted that our company has won
the contracts. Contracts such as these are very important in creating
opportunities to ensure continuity of employment for our workshop staff.”
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