Sri Lanka Railways M5
The Class M5 became a familiar sight on Main Line of SLR. They performed on Sri Lanka's railroad for few years.
In order to replace steam locomotives and also to increase the diesel locomotive fleet of SLR, 16 diesel-electric locomotives were ordered from Hitachi and were delivered in 1979.
Considering the decline of original Class M5 locomotives, SLR refurbished some selected M5 locomotives as a part of the Transportation Rehabilitation Project. Refurbished locomotives were allocated in to 3 classes namely, M5A, M5B and M5C.
|M5A||M5 No. 769 was fitted with a new prime mover of model MTU V12 396TC13 which was a spare prime mover of a S8 DMU. Condemned due to an electrical failure.|
|M5B||4 locomotives (Nos 768, 772, 777 and 778) were fitted with new Paxman Valenta V12 RP200L prime movers. In Use.|
|M5C||The M5 locomotives 767, 771, 776, 779, 781, 782 and 775 were fitted with new Caterpillar prime movers. This new locomotive class was called M5C. This class M5Cs known to Sri Lankan railway enthusiasts as "Cat"|
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