Etihad Rail – the master developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network – unveiled the approved livery for its locomotives. The locomotives will be finished in a durable light grey paint scheme, relieved with broad red bands and the Etihad Rail logo situated near the middle of the body line. The decision follows a Board of Directors meeting chaired by His Excellency Nasser Al Sowaidi, Chairman of Etihad Rail.
Commenting on the chosen design, His Excellency Nasser Al Sowaidi, Chairman of Etihad Rail, stated: “We are very proud to share the approved livery for our locomotives. The livery is aligned with Etihad Rail’s established brand identity, which incorporates the colours of the UAE flag as a symbol of national pride and unity.”
U.S.-based Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of diesel-electric locomotives – was awarded the contract to deliver the locomotives for Stage One of the rail network in the summer of 2011. Delivery of the locomotives is scheduled for the end of 2012, and will support the inaugural service of transporting granulated sulphur from Shah and Habshan to Ruwais. Three locomotives will haul trains of up to 110 wagons, with each train carrying up to 11,000 tonnes of sulphur.
Etihad Rail is developing a 266km route in the Western Region that will carry up to 22,000 tonnes of granulated sulphur daily from sources in Shah and Habshan for export at the port of Ruwais. This route marks the first phase of the 1,200km mixed-traffic network that will span across the Emirates – providing a modern, safe, and efficient method of transport for both freight and passengers. The Etihad Rail network will also link the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and Oman via Al Ain in the east.