Wednesday, October 21, 2009

CN taps EMD, GE for 70 new high-horsepower locomotives

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Canadian National Wednesday said it has placed orders for 70 new high-horsepower locomotives from both GE Transportation and Electro-MotiveDiesel, Inc. (EMD). CN will acquire 35 ES44DC locomotives (top) from Erie, cn-es44dc.jpgPa.-based GE Transportation, beginning in the fourth quarter of next year, and 35 SD70M-2s from LaGrange, Ill.-based EMD beginning in January 2011.

The GE locomotives produce 4,400 horsepower; the EMD units generate 4,350 horsepower. 

All the new units are part of CN’s multiyear locomotive-renewal program aimed at continuously increasing fuel efficiency, improving service reliability for its customers, and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

cnsd70m-2.jpgCN says the new locomotives are 15-20% more fuel-efficient than the ones they will replace and will comply fully with the latest regulatory requirements for reduced locomotive exhaust emissions.

The new locomotives also will be equipped with distributed power (DP) capability. DP enables remote control of a locomotive or locomotives throughout a train from the lead control locomotive.

CN said DP provides faster, smoother trainstarts, improved braking and lower pulling forces at the head-end of a train.This enables CN to run fewer and more efficient trains and to take advantage ofthe productivity gains from its extended siding program. With more optimum matching of motive power to train weight, DP locomotives also allow CN to reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions.