Tasrail locos arrive in grand style

THE world's biggest vehicle-carrying ship the MV Parsifal completed a quick visit to the Tamar River today to deliver new Tasrail locomotives.

The 265-metre Parsifal is the biggest ship to enter the Tamar.

With a draught of nearly 9 metres, the 75,000 tonne Singapore-registered  cargo vessel just about filled the river when it arrived yesterday to dock at Bell Bay.

The new TR class locomotives, worth $4 million each, are part of an order of 17 from a North American company.

About  $400 million in state and federal funding is being spent on the TasRail network with new locomotives, cargo wagons and track upgrades.

The Parsifal, which was build in 2011, left Port Kembla on Sunday and is headed for now Melbourne.

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