9 November 2001
KCRC to purchase environmentally friendly diesel locomotives from Siemens
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today (9 November 2001) awarded a diesel locomotives contract to Siemens Ltd (Siemens). At a contract sum of HK$130 million, Siemens undertakes to provide the Corporation with five diesel locomotives with enhanced environmentally-friendly performance.
Designed and manufactured in Germany, the locomotives will be put into service gradually starting from the first half of 2004, after a series of stringent testing to be carried out from late 2003 to early 2004.
Currently, KCRC has 12 diesel locomotives which are mainly used to haul freight trains and engineering trains on the railway line. With the latest design and environmental concept, the new locomotives demonstrate substantial improvement in terms of noise emission. As compared with the existing locomotives, the noise generated will be reduced by up to 17dBA. The engine is also compatible with the use of ultra-low sulphur diesel which can reduce the emission of smoke and air pollutants effectively.
Under KCRC’s contract with Siemens, the first diesel locomotive will be delivered by the fourth quarter of 2003.