Ethiopia plans to build more than 2000km railway network that connects regional cities with the capital and neighborports. Part of this vast railway network is already under construction. Amongthe machineries that are used in the construction sites are SHACMAN heavy dutytrucks. Chosen by the companies whichwon the bid for the railway construction projects, SHACMAN trucks are defyingnot only the difficult project sites with mountainous topography but also thevery hot lowlands and gorges of Ethiopia, with their strength, power, reliabilityand overall quality.
Drivers who work in the constructionsites and mechanics in the field garages have witnessed that SHACMAN trucks performfar betterthanother Chinese brand heavy duty trucks in the field. One middle aged SHACMAN water-tanktruck driver said, “You know, cabin comfort is among the first thingsyou need in this topography and weather. There you have it in the SHACMANtruck.”
Another dump truck driver who wasdrinking coffee in front of a parking place in the project site told us, “WhenI drive this truck, I literally feel no worries. I can overload it and drive fast withoutfearing of losing control. You can always trust the break and the clutch of a SHACMANtruck,” pointing to a white M3000 model SHACMAN dump truck in the parking lot.
Heavy duty trucks and machinerymechanics that we found inside the site garage also have good feedbacks aboutSHACMAN trucks. Remembering the performance of the SHACMAN trucks in theirprevious sites, they told us, “last year, these trucks only needed some minor maintenance,the whole year. All they need is a good driver, and they can run like hell evenwith overloads in whatever landscape.”
Similar were the opinions of the projectmanagers and chief mechanics of the remote site. They were happy to tell usthat SHACMAN trucks are worth having in such difficult project sites. The dumptrucks, water-tank trucks and cargo trucks are facilitating the construction ofinter-city railway network in Ethiopia; they are writing history.