The multi-million dollar contract with Progress Rail's Redbank Workshops will support 48 jobs. The rebuilds will enter service between mid-2022 and 2023 to haul the Spirit of the Outback and the Westlander. Both trains will require locomotives weighing less than 94.5-tonnes.
The 2900s are anticipated to be similar to Aurizon's EMD 8-710 engined 2700 class and the Progress PRA class. A tweet from the Premier yesterday said 2400s would be used as cores, although QR's 2152 is already stripped for rebuilding at Redbank.