80 General Electric train engines enter service in Egypt, more to follow

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Wed, 13 Jan 2021 - 02:28 GMT

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CAIRO – 13 January 2021: The Ministry of Transport indicated Wednesday that 80 out of 100 train engines delivered by General Electric had entered service.

 

The ministry had signed with the American firm a deal worth $602.05 million to procure 110 train engines.

 

The contract also consists of the rehabilitation of 81 others of the current fleet at Tebin Workshop in Cairo, and the supply of spare parts for 15 years, in addition to offering technical support.

 

The Ministry of Transportation had revealed there is more to those engines as they are remote control locomotives that can be operated from towers designed for that purpose.

 

Deputy Chairman of the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) Sami Abdel Tawab told Al Watan newspaper in August that the new engines are mainly operated by the drivers and that the control tower serves to intervene in emergencies.

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