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SCT’s new locomotive fleet rolls past its one million mark

MTU Detroit Diesel Australia and SCT Logistics’ rail partnership was further strengthened recently, with SCT’s newly acquired SDA1 fleet recording one million operational kilometres.

The significant milestone also marks over 32,000 hours of successful engine operation for the 10-strong fleet. The cutting edge locomotives, manufactured by Chinese rail-giant CSR Ziyang for SCT, feature MTU’s renowned 20V 4000 R53 engine. 

Rated at 3,150 kW, these powerful, highly efficient and economic engines from MTU, have been powering heavy-haul freight – including 8,080 tonnes-loads of iron ore up to five times each week, from Coober Pedy to Port Augusta, South Australia. 

The MTU engines, specified by SCT and CSR for their low operating costs, low fuel burn and optimised maintenance intervals, have already delivered significant reductions in carbon emissions and fuel consumption for the Melbourne-based logistics company.  

“We are thrilled that we are already starting to see the benefits of the MTU engine and CSR Ziyang locomotive, especially with regards to fuel consumption and aftersales service,” Ron Bury, National Manager Rail Maintenance & Procurement – SCT Logistics, said.   

“Based on the first 12 months of operation, we are confident that the SDA1 fleet will set a new benchmark for the Australian rail industry moving forward, with our locomotives being amongst some of the most environmentally friendly units in Australia,” Mr Bury adds.

According to Ron Bury, while the rail sector demands a powerful engine that provides whole of life benefits, increasingly rail businesses seek customised solutions that are delivered by experts in their field.

“Locally, this dedication and commitment has been upheld in first-rate fashion, by MTU Detroit Diesel Australia,” he says. As a result SCT has also signed a landmark five year contract with MTU Detroit Diesel Australia, to exclusively maintain and service the complete locomotive fleet, not just the engine. 

“MTU Detroit Diesel Australia offers local rail operators, like SCT, the highest level of confidence in their MTU investment,” Mr Bury adds.

With a national network, encompassing 19 strategically located branches, numerous field locations and factory-trained technicians, MTU Detroit Diesel Australia delivers superior service and support 24/7, Australia-wide.