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Cape gauge locos despatched to Sudan

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As per contract between RITES and Sudanese Railway Corporation

TIRUCHI: : The Goldenrock Workshop here despatched three more refurbished cape gauge locomotives to Sudan on Wednesday under a contract signed between the Rail India Technical and Economic Services Ltd (RITES), a Government of India enterprise, and the Sudanese Railway Corporation.

The workshop, which has carved out a niche for itself in overhauling and modification works for export locomotives, had already despatched four cape gauge locos to Sudan last year.

A technical team from the workshop including two supervisors would leave for Sudan shortly to commission the three locomotives in that country.

The Chief Workshop Manager, G. R. K. Raju, flagged off the locomotives at a brief function held on the workshop premises. The engines would be shipped to Sudan from Chennai on October 22.

The RITES entrusted the workshop with the task of overhauling and modifying 10 "in - service" metre gauge diesel engines as cape gauge locomotives for export to Sudan.

The workshop had despatched seven locomotives till now, while the remaining three would be sent in November.

Based on the feedback received after the despatch of the first four cape gauge locomotives to Sudan further improvements were carried out.

In a brief interaction with the media at the workshop here, Mr. Raju said the three locomotives had been modified with improved design.

Highlighting the major modifications, he said the "in-service" metre gauge locomotives had been converted to suit cape gauge.

The cape gauge engines, fitted with Centre Buffer Coupler (CBC) in lieu of the existing ABC Coupler, have an air brake system in place of vacuum brake system.

Besides this, the locos have been provided with cyclonic air filtration system, twin beam headlights and modified hood doors with sealing arrangements to avoid ingress of sand entering the power pack.

Mr. Raju said the workshop would despatch five "in-service" metre gauge diesel locos to Senegal after overhaul and carrying out necessary modifications in January, he added.

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