GE Transportation has signed an agreement with Pakistan Railways to deliver 20 FDL C20EMP locomotives for use in freight and passenger transportation across the country’s mountainous northern terrain.
The lightweight C20EMP railcars can operate on 2,000 horsepower to perform in difficult access roads.
The AC/DC-compatible locomotives will also enable the unique tractive effort, which is essential for operation in Pakistan’s northern region.
Pakistan Railways Federal Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said: “We continue to make great strides towards reaching the transportation goal as part of the country’s Vision 2025 plan.
“Modernising rail transportation and improving regional connectivity are critical components of the government’s plan, and we’re confident that our relationship with GE will help achieve these goals.”
The locomotives will primarily operate between Karachi and Lahore, while services to Peshawar and Quetta will be added later.
The trains will also be utilised to transport oil and coal by running between Faisalabad and Multan to facilitate business operations.
GE Pakistan president and CEO Sarim Sheikh said: “GE’s long-standing relationship with Pakistan Railways is a testament to our reliability and innovation within the rail space.
“We look forward to delivering strong locomotives that help the country reach its goals in improving rail infrastructure across the country, improving the quality of services to citizens and supporting the nation’s economy.”
Both parties signed a deal for 55 Evolutions Series Locomotives in 2015, and 32 of the contracted trains have been delivered to date.
The agreement to buy FDL locomotives is expected to support the government of Pakistan’s intention to improve the share of rail in transportation from its existing 4% to 20% within the next 10 years.
Image: GE Transportation signs deal with Pakistan Railways to supply 20 FDL C20EMP locomotives. Photo: courtesy of GE Transportation.