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CRRC supplies diesel locomotives to Sierra Leone for first time

21 May 2024
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The narrow-gauge CRRC diesel locomotive for Leone Rock Metal Group
The narrow-gauge CRRC diesel locomotive for Leone Rock Metal Group. Source: CRRC
Ivolgina Anna, Editorial Contributor to International Projects, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency
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Sotnikov Kirill, Editorial Contributor

Sierra Leone: A batch of ten locomotives for a 1,067 mm gauge line was delivered to the African mining company Leone Rock Metal Group.

The new fleet will be used at the New Tonkolili iron ore mine. CRRC says that their development and production took less than three months from contract signing, setting the company’s record.

CRRC adds that the vehicles are the world’s highest-power narrow-gauge diesel locomotives, which have a 3,680 kW medium-speed engine and can reach speeds of 100 km/h, with a pair of locos able to haul 10,000 t trains. In addition, the manufacturer notes that these are the first vehicles with a middle corridor arrangement and independent ventilation technology in the world, which improves the ease of their operation and maintenance.

CRRC has supplied more than 200 locomotives and more than ten diesel trains to almost 20 African countries.

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