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Tasmania's problem-plagued rail company has bought 17 new locomotives, more than doubling its freight capacity.
It will cost TasRail more than $60 million which the state-owned company will cover with its state funding.
TasRail's chairman Bob Annells told a parliamentary hearing last week he would not wish the current rolling stock on his worst enemy.
Mr Annells says the 17 locomotives will be able to carry more than double the amount of freight now handled by the existing fleet of 35.
"Our total locomotive haulage capacity at the moment is 1.7 million tonnes and this will give us something in the order of 3.5 million tonnes."
"So it is a dramatically enhanced total haulage capacity with half the number of locomotives."
The first new locomotive from engineering firm Downer Rail will be delivered in mid-2013.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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