State-owned Nigerian Railway Corporation has received the first five of the 25 diesel locomotives built by GE Transportation.

The Model C25 six-axle locomotives, a first for Nigeria, feature GE’s 7FDL 12-cylinder and 2,500 horsepower engine.

The vehicles comply with Nigeria’s weight per axle and clearance characteristics and will be used for passenger and freight services.

The remainder of the fleet is scheduled to be delivered in the second half of 2010.