In March 2011, TasRail called for Expression of Interest in the supply of new locomotives. Details of the requirements were not been made public but are believed to be for conventionally or "gen-set" powered locomotive around the 1500kW to 2200kW range.
Seven responses were initially received, and in August 2011 it was announced that four short-listed companies - Bombardier (Europe), Progress Rail (USA), National Rail Equipment Corporation (USA) and CSR Qishuyan (China) - had been selected to proceed to formal tenders.
On 13 December 2011 it was announced that Progress Rail (part of the Caterpillar group, and owner of EMD), in conjunction with its Australian partner Downer Rail had been awarded the contract to construct 17 locomotive of their PR22L model. The contract is worth more than $60million
The first two locomotives were delivered to Tasmania in November 2013, with the remaining following expected in batches over the next 12 months.
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