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CBH Group CBH001 at Wagin, Western Australia in 2012, this is a MP27CN narrow gauge version of the MP33C
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder MotivePower, Boise, Idaho
Model MP33C
Build date 2012-2015
Total produced 21
AAR wheel arr. C-C
UIC class Co-Co
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Bogies 2
Wheel diameter 1,016 mm (40.0 in)
Length 20.218 m (66 ft 4.0 in)
Loco weight 133.8 t (131.7 long tons; 147.5 short tons)
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel capacity 10,000 l (2,600 US gal)
Lubricant cap 455 l (120 US gal)
Coolant cap 802 l (212 US gal)
Prime mover Cummins QSK78
Alternator Kato RM-1665
Traction motors Electro Motive Diesel D87BTR
Cylinders V18
Train brakes Dynamic
Performance figures
Maximum speed 115 km/h (71 mph)
Power output 3,300 hp (2,460 kW)
Tractive effort 414 kN (93,000 lbf) starting
363 kN (82,000 lbf) continuous @ 18 km/h (11 mph)
Factor of adh. 28%
Operators CFCL Australia
Watco WA Rail
Numbers CBH118-CBH122
Locale Australia
Delivered 14 May 2012
First run 15 June 2012
Current owner CBH Group
CFCL Australia
Disposition In service

The MPI MP33C is a model of diesel-electric freight locomotives designed and built by MotivePower in Boise, Idaho, USA. To date[when?] all orders have been for Australian operators

In April 2011, five were ordered by CBH Group, Western Australia.[1][2] In May 2012, ten were ordered by Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia[3][4] followed by a further six in June 2013.[5][6] The latter six were delivered in February 2015.[7]


The MP33Cs are hood unit locomotives with a single cab at one end, and ride on three axle bogies of C-C (Co-Co) wheel arrangement (33 signifying 3,300 hp and C, three driven axles per bogie).[2]

The locomotives are equipped with a Cummins V18 QSK78 prime mover rated at 3,300 hp (2,460 kW).[2]

The engine blocks for the prime movers are cast in Germany and sent to the Cummins engine plant in Daventry, England, for the final machining and assembly process. They are then fitted to the locomotive in Boise, Idaho.[8]

All are fitted with 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) (standard gauge) bogies fitted with EMD D87 traction motors.[2]


Owner Class Number in class Road numbers Built Notes
CBH Group CBH 5 CBH118-CBH122 2011-2012
CFCL Australia CM 16 CM3301-CM3316 2013-2015

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wabtec Signs Contract to Build New Locomotives for CBH Group of Australia Wabtec Corporation April 11, 2011
  2. ^ a b c d Nuthall, Chris (July–August 2012). "New Power Profile: CBH Group's CBH Class". Motive Power: 55–57. 
  3. ^ "CFCL Australia orders MotivePower locomotives". Railway Gazette International. May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Wabtec Receives Order to Build Locomotives for CFCL Australia, Marubeni Wabtec Corporation May 1, 2012
  5. ^ Wabtec wins Australian locomotive order Railway Gazette June 5, 2013
  6. ^ Wabtec Receives Additional Order to Build Locomotives for CFCL Australia, Marubeni Wabtec Corporation June 5, 2013
  7. ^ "Rolling Stock contracts and deliveries" Railway Digest June 2015 page 42
  8. ^ Hinkley, Bobbie. "Next stop WA for CBH's new locomotives". Farm Weekly. Fairfax Media. Retrieved September 2, 2012.  External link in |work= (help)

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