Repowering of old locomotives

The average age of the locomotive fleet operating in Australia is in excess of 30 years. Improving the reliability, availability and productivity of older locomotives is a challenge for many rail operators. Replacing old locomotives with modern, state-of-the-art units, whilst appealing, may not be economically viable because the returns that these locomotives can generate in many cases are insufficient to provide a reasonable payback on the huge capital outlay. Overhauling the locomotives so that they are brought back to an original specification condition may address reliability issues but the process will not capitalise on productivity advances in fuel efficiency, environmental emissions and tractive effort that have been made over the years. Repowering of locomotives, where the engine, alternator and traction control equipment is replaced with a new upgraded system provides an alternative, cost-effective option for many locomotive applications in Australia.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 9p.
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2009, doing more with less, 17-19 November 2009, Adelaide, South Australia

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01516945
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:00PM