Malaysian Made Energy Efficient Locomotives Heads To Africa

Malaysia’s rail industry sees a bright new spark with SMH Rail’s ‘H10 Series’, the first Malaysian-built ‘Green’ locomotives ready to be handed over to Tanzania Railways Corporation.

A milestone in the country’s long history of railways and locomotive building, this new chapter places SMH Rail’s capability as being the first Malaysian rolling stock manufacturer to export locomotives to the global market.

Launched in August 2021, the first batch of the’ H10 Series’ locomotives will be shipped off to Tanzania, Africa to be used by the African freight operators. The unique feature of the locomotives is their energy-efficient and eco-designed features which bodes well in today’s world where sustainability is the most critical aspect of any transportation mode.

In acknowledging the momentous occasion, Datuk PK Nara MD of SMH Rail, “We are proud to handover the first batch of the ‘H10 Series’ locomotives to our partner, Tanzania Railways Corporation and we are confident that these locomotives will bring positive enhancements to the African Rail cargo industry. SMH Rail would like to share this achievement with everyone involved in this project especially our partners and local SMEs for their immense efforts towards the successful completion and delivery of these locomotives”.

With the aim Towards Green Mobility, the ‘H10 Series’ locomotive offers sustainability aspects by reducing carbon emissions up to 75%, lower highway congestions, and four times more fuel-efficient than road freight transport on average. 

Supported by Exim Bank, SMH Rail will be looking at exporting their innovation to more countries and at the same time further elevate Malaysia’s capability to the global markets.

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