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THE first of CBH's new locomotives has been loaded onto a ship in Savannah on the east coast of the USA and is about to start its seven week voyage to WA.
Locomotive number 001 is the first of 22 new locomotives to make the journey.
It is a 2700 horsepower, narrow gauge locomotive and was named by a WA grower in CBH's train naming competition late last year.
The Yilliminning will reach WA soil in May and be out to work the Wheatbelt tracks mid-year.
CBH general manager operations Colin Tutt said the shipment of the first locomotive was an exciting step in the process towards CBH owning its first rail fleet.
"We can't wait to get our locomotives out onto the track," Mr Tutt said.
"They have state-of-the-art technology and across the fleet we'll have more horsepower than currently.
"With more grunt behind our trains we can achieve faster journeys to port and faster turnaround times at sites.
"The locomotives have distributed power which means they can push and pull, allowing us to operate more efficiently and be far more productive.
"This coupled with our new aluminium wagons will revitalise rail in WA."
Mr Tutt said CBH had already witnessed loading and discharge efficiencies which exceeded his expectations when the co-operative ran its first leased locomotive with Watco WA Rail last week.
The train pulled 50 of CBH's new aluminium wagons which carted grain from Merredin and Kellerberrin to the Kwinana port terminal.
"We will go from strength to strength this year as each train is commissioned and growers see more tonnes moving to port more efficiently," Mr Tutt said.
The second locomotive build is now also complete and will be shipped in the upcoming weeks.
The remaining CBH locomotives are at various stages of manufacture but CBH assured all were tracking well against projected schedules.
This article first appeared on fw.farmonline.com.au
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