Pacific National welcomes five new locomotives

Pacific National has taken delivery of five new 88 Class locomotives for its Queensland coal haulage operations.

The locos, which were designed and built by CSR Qishuyan in China, have been purpose-built for the Queensland heavy haul coal rail sector.

According to Asciano, the holding company for Pacific National, key features of the new coal haulage 88 Class locomotives include an MTU turbocharged diesel engine with Stage IIIA emissions compliance; ABB traction alternators and AC traction control as well as an ABB solid state auxiliary power supply; a Voith cooling system; NYAB electronically controlled pneumatic brakes; Faiveley air compressors; Simmico Queensland Train Radio and communications equipment; and Wabtec event recorders and wastewater treatment systems.

"To ensure the new locomotives meet the functional requirements of Australian operations, Pacific National employees in Gracemere, Queensland were consulted on the cabin design," the company said.

"The procurement model for the new 88 class locomotive has achieved a cost effective solution that will help drive a more efficient haulage operation for Pacific National in Queensland now and into the future,”  Paul Griffin, the general manager of Queensland for Pacific National, said.

The new locomotives left Shanghai in February and arrived in Gladstone in March. They have now cleared customs and been relocated to Pacific National's maintenance facilities for performance and safety testing.

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