Iran will inaugurate a large locomotive production plant tomorrow with the capacity of 120 locomotives per year, the Fars News Agency quoted the managing director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways as saying.
Abdol-Ali Saheb-Mohammadi said that €480 million plus 1 trillion rials have been invested in the project, which is aimed to create 750 direct jobs and 3000 indirect jobs.
In March 2011, Iran unveiled a locomotive which runs on a domestically-made heavy diesel engine.
The 12-cylinder National Heavy Diesel Engine is equipped with a turbocharger. The 3710kg engine is 1.24 meters long and 1.28 meters high, with a maximum torque of 6 thousand 360 N.m and a modern electronic injection system.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced that the achievement has put Iran among the top 12 countries in the world which possess the technology to produce heavy diesel engines.