The Railways of Taiwan
For frustrated, non-Chinese speaking Railbuffs!!!!
MILLZONE INTERNATIONAL Co. Ltd.
Suppliers of narrow gauge railway equipment
With the knowledge of the Taiwanese export regulations, railway industry & business philosophy, the necessary export licenses and 30 years of practical worldwide railway experience, Millzone International is perfectly placed to assist you in your procurement of ex-service narrow gauge railway equipment.
The picture on the right shows the arrival of the DIEMA diesel loco #175 to the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, Powys, Wales UK from Taiwan. This modern locomotive was supplied to the W&L by Millzone International Co. Ltd. of Taiwan who arranged inspection, purchase, road transport, carriage, shipping and export to Felixstowe, UK. The locomotive, which arrived at Llanfair Caereinion in mid April 2004, is in full working order and has become a valuable member of the W&L fleet, regularly hauling heavy permanent way trains up the taxing 1 in 29 gradient of Golfa Bank.
Another locomotive (#185) has recently been procured and shipped to the Mediterranean port of Fos-sur-Mer for onward delivery to Construction Ferroviaires Giragr (CFG), St. Giron d’Aiguevives, Near Bordeaux, France where the locomotive has been completely refurbished, both internally and externally, to a very high standard. This locomotive is now being further modified for use on a private railway in France, these modifications including the successful regauging to 2’-0”. This regauging, shown in the picture to the left, has been possible by expedient of utilizing the original axles and it is possible for these locomotives to be easily and economically adapted to any gauge from 2’-6” to 2’-0”.
Millzone International is in a position to obtain these locomotives to order from the original Taiwanese owners and to arrange delivery to ports around the world. These locomotives are in working order and, due to international shipping regulations are supplied minus batteries with all fluids drained and complete with operating and maintenance manuals in English.
The original operator has indicated that other surplus items of railway equipment may be available for sale shortly, including p/way machines, inspection trolleys and freight rolling stock.
· Builders: DIEMA, Bremen, Germany (date of batch build 1978 – 1982)
· Width: 2.1m; Height: 2.95m; Length: 6.1 metres over centre coupling
· Weight: 16.5 tonnes (16 tonnes dry)
· Wheel arrangement: 0-6-0
· Engine: Diesel, 13.8 Litre Allis-Chalmers turbo-charged, electric starter system
· Power at rail: 230hp
· Power Chain: Single speed torque converter, through transfer/reverser gearbox to final drives via cardan shafts
· Performance: up to 30kph with a trailing load of 600tonnes on the level
· Additional features: sanders front and rear, straight air brakes to locomotive only, driving controls repeated at both left and right driving positions.
In addition to the above, a number of Diema locomotives fitted with Mercedes-Benz diesel engines have recently become available. These may contain detail differences to the above outline specification.
For any further information please contact in the first instance Mr Matthew Kirtley through this website.