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New rolling stock order confirmed
KiwiRail Freight's rolling stock fleet will be boosted by a second wave of new locomotives and wagons later this year.
An order for 300 more IAB wagons was confirmed just before Xmas, with the fleet expected to arrive in time for the 2013 peak season.
They will join the 20 second generation DL locomotives which are currently scheduled to begin arriving from the middle of the year.
Their arrival marks the second phase in the programme to expand and modernise the rolling stock fleet, and equipment around the country - a key element in the strategy to increase freight carrying capacity and service reliability.
'Our fleet replacement programme is critical to ensuring we continue to delvier to our customers the level of service that they expect,' says KiwiRail Freight General Manager, Iain Hill.
'This new rolling stock will ensure that we are well set up and able to meet all your requirements for the next peak season.'
Meanwhile, work on the second generation DL locomotives is well underway at Dalian in China, and a first tranche of 10 locomotives is currently scheduled to arrive mid-year with the second half of the fleet arriving a few months later. A prototype has been built and tested.
Their arrival will see the deployment of the existing DLs into the lower half of the North Island, with the new DLs taking over the work-load on the upper North Island routes.