A fleet of 22 new locomotives – the first of their kind in the world – are set to transform haulage efficiencies for one of Australia’s leading grain businesses, CBH Group.
Cummins’ high horsepower QSK60 and QSK78 engines are the driving force behind the new standard and narrow gauge locomotives, built by MotivePower in the United States.
CBH, a farmer-owned cooperative controlled by nearly 5000 grower-shareholders in Western Australia’s sprawling grain belt, has invested $175 million in its new fleet of 22 locomotives and 574 wagons.
Escalating freight rates and the need to move more tonnes to port more efficiently forced CBH to search globally for a new rail partner.
“We wanted to keep freight rates in check,” says Mike Poore, freight contracts manager for CBH.
“The rates had gone up 38 percent over two seasons while fewer tonnes were being delivered to port.”