Croatian rolling stock manufacturer TZV Gredelj and the US National Railway Equipment Company (NRE) have started a delivery of the first of four locomotives for the Sitarail company in the Ivory Coast and an additional two of six diesel locomotives for Israel Railways.
The locomotives intended to haul large freight trains on non-electrified railway lines for the Israeli state railways were despatched on Monday for Israel.
The deal represents the continuation of long standing cooperation between NRE and Gredelj which has provided a large number of new, overhauled and upgraded locomotives which have been delivered around the globe.
“Our objective and desire and hope is for new markets,” Gredelj’s bankruptcy trustee Pero Hrkac said. He added that 78 engines had been constructed by Gredelj, 36 since bankruptcy proceedings were launched.
“I consider this to be a great success and proof of our ability and quality to produce and repair rolling stock and of our competitiveness on a demanding foreign market. I am particularly pleased that each new and successful project shows and proves our ability and the desire of our American partners to continue cooperation,” Hrkac said.
He underscored that the locomotives, rail cars and trains are constructed and adapted for several varied rail tracks – narrow, wide and standard and for train hauling, passenger and freight transport around the world, from Argentina to Guinea and even Saudi Arabia.