Locomotives to be produced in GE’s Fort Worth facility
Canadian National Railway Co (CN) announced Friday, Dec. 22, that over the next three years it will purchase 200 new locomotives from GE Transportation. According to a news release, this transaction aims to accommodate future growth and drive operational efficiency.
Beginning in 2018, the locomotives will be produced at the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth. The first units are expected to be delivered that year, with the rest coming in 2019 and 2020. According to the release, CN’s order is the largest among class I railways since 2014.
“We are bullish on the North American economy and on our ability to compete and win new business with our superior service model,” Luc Jobin, CN president and CEO, said in the release.
“In the years ahead, these GE Transportation locomotives and their digital technology will support and enhance our operational efficiency,” Jobin said in the release. “We are proud to continue our partnership with GE Transportation and look forward to adding these units to our fleet as part of our commitment to operational and service excellence.”
The order includes Tier 4 and Tier 3 (Tier 4 certified) Evolution Series locomotives.
These locomotives are equipped with:
— GE Transportation’s GoLINC Platform
— Trip Optimizer System
— and Distributed Power LOCOTROL eXpanded Architecture
According to the release, these solutions are part of GE Transportation’s Train Performance product suite, which aims to optimize power distribution, train handling, brake control and fuel utilization in order to to maximize train effectiveness and efficiency.
“CN’s steadfast commitment to serving the expanding needs of its customers across Canada and the United States is helping to turn around the North American locomotive market,” GE Transportation CEO Rafael Santana said in the release. “We are proud to partner with CN on this agreement to meet the needs of their future growth, and optimize and further digitize their freight rail operations.”