In November, 2015, Zambia Railways Limited partnered with SMH Rail of Malaysia to remanufacture ten (10) locomotives at ZRL Main Workshops in Kabwe.
The aim of the locomotive remanufacturing is to provide adequate and reliable equipment for haulage of more traffic volumes and movement of passengers.
Zambia Railways opted for the remanufacturing option as a way of equipment renewal. The re-manufactured locomotives are as good as new in all respects except for the lowered cost, which is about 50% of a new locomotive.
So far, a total of four locomotives have been completed including the two locomotives been commissioned today. However, more funding is required to complete the project.