Whilst that is an interesting topic in itself, the interesting point that has come out relates to the performance and reliability of the quite extensive fleet of Chinese manufactured DL Class locomotives and as far as I am aware a further order underway.
An extract of the report reads: "
KiwiRail announced the decision last year, and said diesel would improve reliability and efficiency.
But an external peer review by engineering consultants WorleyParsons warns diesel trains bought from China have "a very high failure rate".
Seven to nine are out of service at any one time for maintenance, repair and asbestos removal. And their performance has been
The reason I've raised this in a separate thread is that we have a reasonable fleet of units here with SCT having a number and they too have had their problems. In fact in very recent times SCT have had an extensive run of "motive power" problems, disrupting services but I'm not sure of what the split has been between the EMD SCT class versus the Chinese units.
Given that Worley Parsons is an independent engineering consulting firm who do a lot of work in Australia and elsewhere, I would view their advice as being of significant concern.
Is this something that the operators here in Australia are still grappling with, do we know what are the type of reliability issues etc