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Four GE U24 MMi locos were delivered to the Aqaba Railway Corporation in April 2007 numbers 701 to 704. These were constructed in Brazil from 8 bogies and 4x12 cylinder engines sent for reconditioning from scrap Aqaba Railway locos, the rest of the locos is completely new.

Two of the four new locos crashed whilst driver training (Nos 701 and 703) in the port of Aqaba on July 26, 2007. The assistant driver was killed after being flung from the loco and then ingesting phosphate dust.

No.701 needs to be rebuilt. No.703 is now working. It means they have a spare U24 as they work in pairs and are not compatible with the other locos owned by the Aqaba Railway Corporation

The current stock-list is as follow :

                    Type                            Built                   Number Series                    Number in Use
                     U 17                            1975                        900                             3
                     U 18                            1977                        400                                                          3
                     U 20                                                                  1982                        300                           12
                     U 24                                                 2007                        700                               3
       

 

   

The new U24 locos numbers 702, 703 and 704 on Aqaba shed on May 22, 2008

The unfortunate No.701 under a tarpaulin awaiting a decision on repair

Nos 704 and 702 work to Umran on May 23, 2008

All photos courtesy of Richard Gennis

More shots from Jordan in 2008

Page last updated  : Tuesday June 10, 2008 21:53

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