Wabtec on Oct. 31 revealed its second-generation FLXdrive battery locomotive, which will be delivered in 2024 to Australian iron ore mining company Roy Hill. The unit’s pink livery symbolizes Roy Hill’s commitment to supporting breast cancer research and patients.
This is the third order to be placed by an Australian freight company for battery-electric locomotives.
Four FLXdrive battery-electric locomotives from Wabtec will begin tests runs in 2024 along Rio Tinto’s western Australian rail network, the mining company reported on Jan. 10.
GE Transportation has joined with Roy Hill, Australia’s single-largest iron ore mine, and Hancock Prospecting to support breast cancer treatment and research with two new ES44ACi locomotives and 130 China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC)-built ore cars painted in a bright pink livery. The equipment, unveiled during an event at Roy Hill’s Port Hedland rail terminal, joins Roy Hill’s existing fleet of 21 GE-powered unit trains.