Cheap and nasty!
From my point of view these things are just bad news. Your range of vision is severely limited both out the front and to the sides. The cabs are full of gimmicks like a chiller box, cordless jug and microwave among other things. Apparently they have air conditioning too, but I didnt get the chance to have a play with that.
The brake levers can be seen by the side window.
But, the most interesting bits to stick out for me was the huge rust bubble around the windscreen wiper mechanism (this loco is not even a year old yet) and the fact that the paint was falling off in several places...
This from the NZ Locomotives group...
"395 - DL 9170 (Mission Bush - Mount Maunganui)
323 - DL 9008 (Westfield - Mount Maunganui)
MP2 - DL 9037 (Mount Maunganui - Te Rapa)
322 - DL 9020 (Mount Maunganui - Te Rapa)
481 - DL 9014 + DC 4571 (Kinleith - Mount Maunganui)
377 - DL 9008 (Mount Maunganui - Kawerau)
482 - DL 9014 + DC 4571 (Mount Maunganui - Kinleith)
372 - DL 9008 (Kawerau - Mount Maunganui)
324 - DL 9008 (Mount Maunganui - Westfield)
483 - DL 9014 + DC 4571 (Kinleith - Mount Maunganui)
136 - DL 9037 (Te Rapa - Mission Bush)
480 - DL 9014 + DC 4571 (Mount Maunganui - Kinleith)
395 - DL 9037 (Mission Bush - Mount Maunganui)
By days end, 9020 and 9170 were out of service, leaving 9008, 9014 and 9037
soldiering on. Not sure, but 9170 may have made its way back to Te Rapa after running 395."
Its so very hard to remain positive about these locos, and I fear we will be stuck with 40 lemons for the sake of saving a few bucks and protecting our trade agreements with China.
Thankfully we in the Taranaki are last on the list for training and the company has no real intentions of using the DL's up here for some time yet.
I am told they may end up on milk trains next season, but IMHO they have a long way to go before they should be allowed to run over the MNPL with fully loaded trains, especially if they keep failing on the flat land tracks of the Waikato!!
So for me, I will be making the most of my time driving DXB's and DFT's (and variants of) before they dissapear...