GE rolls out first of 200 locomotives for CN

Written by David Briginshaw, Consulting Editor, International Railway Journal
GE Transportation locomotive CN

GE Transportation has completed the first of 200 Evolution series diesel-electric locomotives, which it is building at its plant in Fort Worth, Texas, for CN Railway.

The builder was awarded the contract at the end of 2017. GE said that this is the largest order placed by any Class 1 railway in North America since 2014.Under the contract, GE is supplying Tier 4 and Tier 3 certified to Tier 4 locomotives equipped with its GoLinc platform, trip optimizer system and LocoTrol Expanded Architecture for distributed power. These systems are part of GE’s train performance suite designed to optimize distributed power, train handling, brake control and fuel consumption.

The contract includes guarantees for reliability, fuel consumption and out-of-service intervals related to GE’s prescribed field modifications together with a training package to ensure safe and proper maintenance practices.

“The Evolution Series locomotives will provide the digital capabilities, efficiency, reliability and tractive effort CN requires to successfully meet growing market demands and support future growth,” said Jim Hilderhoff, GE Transportation’s chief commercial officer.

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