Local engineers have succeeded in giving life to discarded M-9 locomotives. The first locomotive repaired with the skills of the engineers was added to the fleet today.
10 M-9 locomotives were imported to the island in the year 2000. However, about seven of them were removed from services as these were defunct. It was not possible to repair these engines which are operated with diesel and had been imported from France, as Sri Lanka did not possess the technology needed to repair them. Accordingly the Department of Railways, the Arthur C. Clarke Centre and Industrial Technology Institute teamed up to resuscitate these engines. The first M-9 locomotive repaired with the knowledge and skills of local engineers was added to the fleet today. The locomotive was used for the intercity train which operated from Colombo to Matale. The train commenced the journey from the Colombo Fort Railway Station at 10.35 this morning.