16 January 2004
KCRC's new generation of environmentally-friendly diesel locomotives goes into service
 
A new generation of five environmentally-friendly diesel locomotives will be put into service on East Rail.
Designed and manufactured by Siemens Ltd, these new generation diesel locomotives incorporate the latest acoustic technologies and concepts. The locomotives, which cost $130 million, are the first of their kind to be introduced in Asia.
Speaking at the Handover Ceremony of the new diesel locomotives, Mr Samuel Lai, Acting Chief Executive Officer of KCRC said that in recent years, KCRC has been committed to adding environmentally-sustainable elements to its railway operations, freight operations, railway maintenance and new project development. Besides introducing quieter and more energy-efficient new trains, and building noise barriers along the railway alignment, KCRC had been taking new approaches to managing the impact of our construction on the environment. KCRC had also been making sure that the contractors of the new railway project could comply with all relevant environmental laws and requirements.
'Today's Handover Ceremony brings the Corporation to an important milestone in its continuous journey of environmental protection. The five new locomotives incorporate with the latest acoustic technologies and concepts can reduce noise by 17dBA and cut smoke emissions by 20% when in operation,' Mr Lai added.
KCRC has 12 diesel locomotives, which are mainly used to haul freight trains and engineering trains on East Rail. The new locomotives will reduce the noise emitted by freight trains and overnight maintenance activities. After four months of rigorous testing, the locomotives will be put into service on East Rail starting late January 2004. They will replace five older models currently in the KCRC fleet.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Mr Denis Leung, President and CEO of Siemens Ltd said, 'Siemens is honoured to be able to meet KCRC's stringent environmental standards and requirements. We shall continue to innovate in our design and development of locomotive systems to better serve our clients with the most superior products in the market.'
KCRC will donate one of its old diesel locomotives, which had been in service for more than 47 years, to the Hong Kong Railway Museum where it will go on display for public viewing.