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Battery loco operator required

Stuart Thyer
 

Seen in a recent advert. 

"Our client is a key player in the rail industry and they are looking for experienced Shunters/Locomotive Drivers to work in Rail Projects arounds Sydney Metro including the Norwest Rail Link. The assignment requires the successful candidate to be able commence ASAP and is paying $35 per hour. This role will be operating a battery operated locomotive.  The employment process is being managed by Concept Engineering, who appear to be a specialist engineering industry employment agency.

I wonder if the battery locomotive is for any of the underground projects within Sydney, or the north west rail project, perhaps a shunting locomotive at their Rouse Hill depot?

Stuart Thyer

John Browning
 

Thanks Stuart.

Very interesting – it implies drivers.

 

While it is conceivable that battery locomotives could be used on construction, I suspect that the requirement might be for operating a small remote-controlled unit for moving the new stock around at the Rouse Hill maintenance depot.

 

There seems to be a proliferation of such units occurring and little is known about them. For example, Bombardier have one at their Wulkuraka maintenance depot near Ipswich for the new Queensland electric trains. It met with a slight accident last year as the attachment shows.

Variations on the theme are also being supplied for use at light rail depots, wheel lathe facilities and possibly freight terminals.

 

John

 

 

John Browning
 

Philip Graham has kindly reminded me that news of the order for large battery locomotive(s) for the Sydney Metro project first emerged in 2016. The manufacturer is CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co Ltd.

 

This Chinese web page shows a couple of photos of the type but I am unsure if one has been delivered to Sydney yet. http://www.gongyetoutiao.com/xw/html/4732.shtml

 

John