GE Transportation announced Thursday it has signed an agreement with America Latina Logistica, SA (ALL), Curatiba, Brazil, to deliver 10 new AC44i locomotives by year's end for freight transport. ALL reportedly operates the largest independent general cargo railway in South America, with a fleet of more than 1,000 locomotives and 21,000 kilometers (about 13,000 miles) of rail routes connecting Brazil and Argentina.
The Model AC44i locomotive (pictured at left) is powered by diesel engines supplied by GE Transportation's manufacturing plant in Grove City, Pa. They feature GE's AC individual-axle traction-control technology that enables the Model AC44i to haul heavier loads by significantly reducing slippage on startups, inclines, and suboptimal track conditions.
Model AC44i locomotives also are equipped with dynamic braking in addition to air brakes to provide smoother handling when hauling heavier loads.
"GE welcomes ALL as a new customer in South America. This agreement is another milestone validating GE's investment in market-leading AC heavy-haul, diesel-electric locomotive technology and the performance value it provides our customers," said Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO of Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation.
"We look forward to the increased performance advantage these new AC locomotives will provide," said Gabriel Martelli, ALL's superintendent of Mechanical. "The delivery of these new locomotives will be key to our continued railroad infrastructure development and economic growth."
"The Model AC44i locomotives will be built by GE Transportation South America, GE Transportation's affiliate facility located in Contagem, Brazil. They are scheduled for delivery later this year," said Guilherme Segalla de Mello, president and CEO of GE Transportation South America.