Chinese locomotives arrive in Cuba

Campaign News | Tuesday, 10 January 2006

12 trains and 80 buses as phase one of transport renovation plan

HAVANA, Jan. 9 (Xinhuanet) - A delivery of 12 new Chinese locomotives, which will be the most modern and fuel-efficient on Cuba's rail network, arrived at the port of Havana on Monday, Cuban daily Granma reported.

It was part of a Cuban government plan to improve the country's rail service.

The DF7G-C diesel-electric locomotives with 2,500 horse power were shipped in December 2005 from China, said Granma.

The shipment also contained 80 buses, part of a contract for 1,000 vehicles, 700 of which will start to provide long distance travel services in the first quarter of this year.

Cuba's rail refurbishment program, which began in 2005, has repaired 60 locomotives and 1,800 wagons.

Rail transport as a whole rose 13 percent, and the movement of food stuff by train rose 60 percent in 2005 compared with those in 2004.

Cuba has a plan to upgrade its transport system by purchasing new equipment this year.

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