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New diesels to replace EMD veterans in Bangladesh

ONE HUNDRED new metre-gauge diesel locos have been ordered to replace some of the oldest in service anywhere in the world on the 1,838km Bangladesh Railways (BR) metre-gauge network.

The main Dhaka to Chittagong line is in the process of being rebuilt to double track, and is the most important part of the network.

Bangladesh Railways EMD ‘B12’ No. 2022, built in 1954, crosses the second Titas River bridge at Akhaura with a container train from Dhaka to Chittagong on January 13. WOUTER RADSTAKE

General Motors rail division EMD supplied the first diesel locos to Bangladesh Railways (BR) as long ago as 1953 (before Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan). 

Many of these locos are still in use, but will be replaced soon. 

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BR has announced orders worth around $355million for 100 new locos, after a two-year tender process, originally for up to 70 locos. 

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