Growing freight traffic has led Iowa Interstate Railroad to order three new Evolution™ Series locomotives from GE Transportation.
Delivery is scheduled for early 2020.
The short line, based in Cedar Rapids, in the announcement cited increasing volumes of grains, ethanol, metals and other commodities it moves between Chicago and Omaha.
“For over a decade, IAIS has invested heavily in infrastructure to support our customers and increase safety,” said IAIS President and Chief Executive Joe Parsons. “The purchase of these locomotives will help us remain competitive and poised for the growth we are currently experiencing.”
No financial terms were disclosed.
“Our technology solutions are driving improved productivity and reliability to IAIS’s fleet and helping this valued customer move freight more efficiently.” said Yuvbir Singh, GE Transportation’s Vice President of Equipment.
The new locomotives will be equipped with GE Transportation’s GoLINC™ Platform, Trip Optimizer™ System, and Distributed Power LOCOTROL®, to maximize train effectiveness and efficiency. These solutions are part of GE Transportation’s Train Performance product suite, which optimizes power distribution, train handling, brake control and fuel utilization. Additionally, these digital offerings will be installed on IAIS’s existing Evolution™ Series current fleet of 17 locomotives.