The local railway is hoping to build its fleet by making trains at home but the plan hinges on a successful test run next year. The local railway is hoping to build its fleet by making trains at home but the plan hinges on a successful test run next year. Sri Lanka’s railway coupled up with local company Micro Cars, to design and manufacture diesel trains this week.
“The railway can’t run in future by importing trains because of the very high cost. The only feasible way is to make them locally,” says Chief Engineer, Ceylon Government Railway (CGR), P P Wijesekera.
Sri Lanka is looking at developing small diesel trains or rail cars, in-house, at around Rs 45 mn compared to the import cost of over Rs 300 mn.
The railway “will provide technical assistance and a commitment on purchasing the trains,” but Micro Cars will meet the project expenses to develop the model.
Micro Cars is already negotiating with a German company for a new engine for their test model and is hoping to do a trail run of Sri Lanka’s first home made train in August next year.
If the design proves workable the railway is willing to pur