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by Tim Beissmann

It’s not a new trick, but it’s an impressive one nonetheless.

Ford APA (Asia Pacific and Africa) has released a video of the all-new Australia-developed Ford T6 Ranger pulling a 160-tonne steam locomotive out of its shed in Victoria.

Ford says the Ranger was unmodified for the test, and relied solely on its 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel engine, six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive to do the pulling.

The man featured in the clip is Ford Australia’s vehicle integration supervisor, Roger Lewis, who jokes that if you don’t have a T-class diesel-electric locomotive to tow your 160-tonne vintage train, you can always use the new Ranger.

The T6 Ranger was officially unveiled at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show last October. The all-new global utility was designed and engineered by Ford Australia and is due to enter production in Thailand around the middle of this year.

To read CarAdvice’s full AIMS report on the 2011 Ford T6 Ranger, click here.




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