Moldova: CFM Takes Possession of 12 Diesel Locomotives

Financing from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Union allowed Moldova’s state-owned rail operator Calea Ferată din Moldova (CFM) to acquire twelve diesel locomotives, which have now arrived in the capital, Chisinau.

These locomotives, by virtue of being more modern, are more energy-efficient than the country’s existing, largely Soviet-built rolling stock.

GE Transportation, now part of Wabtec, manufactured the locomotives in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. CFM issued a tender for the locomotives in 2018, in line with the EBRD’s procurement rules, after which GE Transportation was awarded the contract.

GE Transportation TE33A Locomotive
GE Transportation TE33A diesel locomotive for Moldova

© GE Transportation

The President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, has said that managing Moldova’s railways is a priority to revitalise the economy.