Progress Rail to upgrade CP units

Written by Railway Age Staff
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Canadian Pacific continues to upgrade operations, turning to a U.S. supplier for motive power needs.

Progress Rail, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., announced it has been chosen by CP to upgrade 30 Electro-Motive Division SD70ACU locomotives – otherwise known as modernized versions of SD90MAC models.

Once fully remanufactured these freight locomotives will primarily serve in heavy haul applications.

“Our customers operate all over the world, and have varying needs based upon their regional performance requirements. Fleet modernization provides the railroads with the opportunity to upgrade their locomotives with today’s technology to continue going the distance,” said Progress Rail’s Executive Vice President of Rolling Stock Marty Haycraft. “We are pleased Canadian Pacific chose to modernize their fleet with our EMD SD70ACU locomotives, which are known for their proven technology, overall cost effectiveness and ability to serve as a sustainable product operating on the mainline.”

Progress Rail will modernize the 30 units at its Mayfield, Ky., and Muncie, Ind., locomotive facilities. The fleet will receive all-new traction control systems, and new cabs adhering to the latest crashworthy standards. All major components, including the existing EMD 710 engine, will be remanufactured for optimal performance and reliability.

The upgraded locomotives will be delivered to Canadian Pacific in 2019.

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