Wabtec on June 27 reported that it will deliver 69 “certified pre-owned” locomotives this year to six of Genesee & Wyoming Inc.’s U.S. subsidiaries in a deal that includes an extended warranty.
The order for Buffalo & Pittsburgh; Chicago, Ft. Wayne & Eastern; Connecticut Southern; Indiana & Ohio; New England Central; and Providence & Worcester comprises 35 Dash 9s and 34 Dash 8s; their addition will grow G&W’s fleet of Wabtec units to more than 100. Delivery will begin immediately and will wrap up by December, according to the manufacturer.
Wabtec described its certified pre-owned program as providing small railroads and industrial manufacturers “a range of high-performance locomotives that are equipped with original design specifications, maintenance records and operational histories.” The locomotives are certified through a “rigorous 275-point inspection process to ensure each is roadworthy and meets its standards,” according to the company. To date, Wabtec said, it has sold more than 210 locomotives to eight customers through the program, which includes Dash 8-32Bs, Dash8-40Bs, Dash 8-40C/CWs, and Dash 9-44CWs.
“These engines will make our fleet more efficient, enabling us to better meet our customers’ needs for safe and reliable freight-rail transportation,” said Michael Miller, President of G&W’s North American operations, which includes 110 short lines and regionals serving 43 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces over more than 13,000 track-miles. “Furthermore, with rail being the most sustainable way for our customers to move goods over land, these locomotives will generate lower emissions to help both us and our customers achieve our ESG goals.”
“This order demonstrates the value of our certified pre-owned program to the short line market,” said Alicia Hammersmith, a 2022 Railway Age Women in Rail honoree, who in April became President of Wabtec’s Global Freight Services. “Certified pre-owned locomotives provide G&W an affordable way to upgrade its fleet while improving performance, reliability and fuel efficiency, as well as reducing carbon emissions. These locomotives deliver the performance G&W needs to continue meeting their customers’ growing demands.”