Wednesday, October 07, 2009

GE Transportation ships first freight locomotives to U.K.

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GE Transportation has shipped two of its global-class PowerHaul Series freight locomotives to Freightliner Group Ltd. in the United Kingdom. They are the first of a 30-unit order placed in November 2007, the largest order of freight locomotives in Freightliner's history, and they represents GE Transportation's entry in the European marketplace.

he-powerhaul.jpg“The PowerHaul Series is GE’s most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient and low-emissions diesel-electric freight locomotive to date,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of GE Transportation. “Fuel efficiency delivers a real competitive advantage to our railway customers around the world as they strive to minimize their carbon footprint.”

The locomotives will travel by rail from GE’s manufacturing facility in Erie, Pa., to Lamberts Point Docks in Norfolk, Va., where they will be shipped by sea the week of October 19 to the Port of Newport in South Wales, U.K., and are anticipated to arrive early November.

“We chose GE’s PowerHaul locomotive to help Freightliner find new ways to increase capacity on our congested freight network, and maintain our performance promise to our customers for many years to come,"” said Peter Maybury, CEO of Freightliner Group Ltd.