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China CNR Corporation Ltd. CKD8
Argentina | 2013 | 20 produced

In 2009, the Argentine state railway Trenes Argentinos ordered 20 CKD8 diesel-electric locomotives from the Chinese company CNR, together with 220 passenger coaches for long-distance traffic. Although they have six axles, they are only intended for use in front of passenger trains.

The engine used is the MTU 16V 4000 delivered from Germany, which has an output of 2,200 kW. 13 CKD8G and seven CKD7G were built for different lines. The CKD8G reaches 120 km/h, while the CKD8H is designed for 160 km/h and therefore has a lower tractive effort.

Another order came from Nigeria in 2014 and included the CKD8 for the upgraded route between Abuja and Kaduna. These locomotives have been in service since 2018 and have a top speed of 150 km/h.

Builtsince 2013
ManufacturerCSR Dalian
Axle configC-C 
Gauge5 ft 6 in (Indian broad gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Service weight264,554 lbs
Adhesive weight264,554 lbs
Axle load44,092 lbs
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed75 mph99 mph
Starting effort86,327 lbf54,404 lbf
EngineMTU 16V 4000 R43
Engine typeV16 diesel
Fuel1,321 us gal (diesel)
Engine output2,950 hp (2,200 kW)
Power Plant
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
last changed: 05/2023

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