17 September 2003
KCRC reaches a new milestone in improving the environment
 
The debut of a new generation of five powerful yet environmentally friendly diesel locomotives today brings the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) to a new milestone in its continuous journey in improving the environment.
Designed and manufactured by Siemens Ltd, the new diesel locomotives are examples of state-of-the-art technology. Costing $130 million, these diesel locomotives incorporate and integrate the latest acoustic technologies and concepts, which are being introduced in Asia for the first time.
Speaking at the Delivery Ceremony of the new diesel locomotives, Mr Y T Li, Director, East Rail said as a socially responsible organization, KCRC is committed to providing an environmentally-sustainable transport system for the people of Hong Kong.
The new diesel locomotives demonstrate a substantial improvement in terms of reduced noise and air pollution. Compared with the existing locomotives, they will generate 17 dBA less noise and cut smoke emissions by 20%. They also weigh less which reduces fuel consumption, and their engines are able to run on clean ultra-low sulphur diesel.
Currently, KCRC has 12 diesel locomotives which are mainly used to haul freight trains and engineering trains on East Rail. The new diesel locomotives will reduce the noise from freight trains and overnight maintenance activities. They will be fully tested before going into service in early 2004, and will replace five of the oldest diesel locomotives which have been in service for more than 47 years.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Mr Denis Leung, President and CEO of Siemens Ltd said: "For Siemens, being mindful of environmental benefits while designing and developing our locomotives has given us unquestionable competitive business advantage. We are very pleased to be associated with customers that are as committed as we are to environmental protection".
Today’s ceremony was also officiated by Mr K S Chan, Principal Environmental Protection Officer, Environmental Protection Department and Dr Law Wing Cheung, Chairman, Traffic & Transport Committee, Yau Tsim Mong District Council.