Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kansas City Southern takes first EMD Repower locomotives

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Kansas City Southern Tuesday said it had accepted the first two 710ECOTM Repower locomotives from LaGrange, Ill.-based Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc., with the cars on display at the railroad’s yard in Kansas City, Mo. (photo below) through Tuesday. The two locomotives are the first of 27 being delivered by EMD.

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EMD said the order would allow the Class I railroad “to convert a group of tired GP40 and SD40 locomotives into EMD GP22ECO and SD22ECO repower units as well as GP22ECO-M mother/slug combinations--providing the ultimate operating flexibility for the locomotives, which will be deployed in both The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) and Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) systems.” KCS said 11 locomotives will be deployed in the U.S., while 16 would operate in Mexico.

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The supplier says the 710ECOTM Repower locomotives "minimize fuel consumption while maintaining emissions compliance. In addition, the reduction of emissions makes the locomotives eligible for both state and federal funding as clean air projects-meeting all relevant criteria with a cost effective solution," EMD said.

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"The 710ECOTM Repower solution provides a unique combination of emissions reduction, fuel savings, and locomotive reliability," said Scott Arvidson, executive vice president and COO of KCSR.  "Those were key factors in the decision, allowing KCS to meet our commitment to continuously improve railroad operations while simultaneously addressing future environmental concerns."

"Shifting market conditions, high fuel costs, and more stringent environmental regulations are posing difficult challenges for railroad operations," said John Hamilton, EMD president and CEO.  "By implementing the 710ECOTM Repower solution, KCS has taken a leadership role in demonstrating how the latest locomotive technology can effectively accommodate these conflicting demands."