AusRAIL

First Alice-Darwin loco being delivered

<p>Another milestone on the Alice-to-Darwin rail project will be reached on Thursday (March 14) when the first Australia Southern Railroad (ASR) locomotive for use on the construction trains is delivered to the work site at Katherine.</p> <p>Eight locomotives will be used on the construction trains, with four based at Tennant Creek and four at Katherine.</p> <p>The first locomotive, named <em>Katherine</em> , arrived at the project railhead in Roe Creek yesterday and was transferred to a specially modified road semi-trailer for the 1,200-km road journey to Katherine.</p> <p>Slingshot Haulage, which also has the contract for moving the project rails, is handling the transportation of the 115-tonne locomotive.</p> <p>Other locomotives will be moved from Port Augusta to Roe Creek two at a time at roughly weekly intervals. </p> <p>The onward road journey will take around two and a halfdays to Katherine and one day to Tennant Creek.</p> <p>EDI Rail has overhauled and painted the locomotives for around $1m each.</p> <br />