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Black Caviar takes the rails

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> The Australian rail industry now boasts its own Black Caviar, with Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia (CFCLA) officially naming one if its locomotives after the famous racehorse. </span> <p>CFLCA named a new $6m locomotive in honour of Australia’s most famous racehorse of the current era, Black Caviar.</p><p>CFCLA’s 138 tonne, ‘Australian Horsepower’ locomotive number CF4412, was officially named Black Caviar on June 7 at a special ceremony held at Sydney Central railway station, before taking guests, including some of Black Caviar’s owners, on a special charter train trip to Gosford and back.</p><p>The locomotive was painted in a one-off livery based on Black Caviar’s racing colours of black and pink, which is certain to turn heads wherever it goes.</p><p>CFCLA managing director, Ian Gibbs, explained the naming decision.</p><p>“A chance meeting over lunch with one of Black Caviar’s owners quickly brought about the idea to name one of our locomotives in honour of such a special horse,” he said.</p><p>“In keeping with our ‘Australian Horsepower’ themed fleet of modern locomotives we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to acknowledge Black Caviar’s remarkable achievements which have endeared her to the Australian public.”</p><p>Meanwhile, global rail tech provider Wabtec will build six more MotivePower locomotives for CFCLA Rail JV – the joint venture between CFCLA and the Marubeni Corporation.</p><p>Wabtec was given the contract to build ten of its MotivePower locomotives for the joint venture in 2012, so the most recent announcement means the global tech provider will now be on the hook for 16 locos.</p><p>CFCLA owns Australia’s largest multipurpose rail fleet, comprising at least 85 locomotives and 1600 wagons and worth $470m. Marubeni is a Japanese company with interests in transportation.</p><p>The six additional locomotives, to be delivered in 2014, will be MotivePower’s standard gauge MP33C international model, the same type as the initial 10 units.</p><p>Wabtec says the locomotives are among the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly in the world.</p><p>Wabtec CEO Albert J. Neupaver said the additional order “builds on Wabtec’s strong presence in Australia.</p><p>“These locomotives will meet our customers’ needs for more-efficient equipment, and will position Wabtec for similar opportunities globally,” he said.</p>