London-based Freightliner Group Ltd. and GE Transportation announced Monday that Freightliner has taken delivery of the first PowerHaul locomotives—introducing what the companies describe as state-of-the-art technology to the U.K.’s rail freight market. The locomotives (pictured below) represent Erie-Pa.-based GE Transportation’s entry into the British and European marketplace.
The locomotives are designed to provide greater hauling capacity and significant improvements in fuel economy. They will undergo commissioning before entering service and complementing Freightliner’s existing fleet of more than 160 locomotives, the companies said in a joint statement.
“I am extremely proud to see the first two PowerHaul locomotives arrive in the U.K. This product is a culmination of two years of hard work and partnership with GE, in order to produce a locomotive that will increase our haulage capabilities and bring further reduction to our carbon emissions,” said Tim Shakerly, Freightliner Group Ltd. engineering director.
Brett BeGole, general manager of Global Locomotive Operations for GE Transportation, said, “We are excited today with the arrival of the first PowerHaul locomotives as this represents GE Transportation’s entry to the U.K. and European marketplace. The PowerHaul Series is GE’s most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient and low-emissions diesel-electric freight locomotive to date.”