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New Zealand Railways class DL
New Zealand | 2009 | 73 produced
DL 9193 in November 2012 near Middlemore, Auckland
DL 9193 in November 2012 near Middlemore, Auckland

From 2002 there were plans in New Zealand at KiwiRail to procure new diesel locomotives. After realizing that New Zealand did not have the necessary know-how for completely independent production and that the American and Australian manufacturers could not deliver in a timely manner, they were the first western railway company to order locomotives in China. They came from CRRC Dalian and were powered by a 20-cylinder diesel from the German manufacturer MTU. With an output of 3,600 hp, they are the most powerful diesel-electric locomotives in New Zealand. Although there were initially problems with the reliability, these were resolved and a total of 73 locomotives were built from five orders between 2009 and 2023.

ManufacturerCRRC Dalian
Axle configC-C 
Gauge3 ft 6 in (Cape gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length60 ft 8 3/8 in
Service weight238,099 lbs
Adhesive weight238,099 lbs
Axle load39,683 lbs
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed62 mph
EngineMTU 20V 4000R43
Engine typeV20 diesel
Engine output3,621 hp (2,700 kW)
Power Plant
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
last changed: 08/2023

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