Engineering, procurement and construction contractor Bodi International has entered into an agreement with Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company, to purchase 16 EMD® SD70Ace/LW locomotives for Mongolia’s Tavantolgoi-Gashuunsukhait Railway project.
In Greek mythology, Talos was a giant bronze man who guarded the island of Crete by hurling stones at the ships of pirates and invaders. He circled Crete’s shores three times daily. In the real world of North American railroading, TALOS® is Progress Rail’s energy management system “that leverages machine learning and computing power to analyze and optimize routes, resulting in significant improvements in fuel and time.”
Bangladesh Railways has ordered 40 EMD GT42ACL broad-gauge locomotives from Progress Rail—the first broad-gauge locomotives the company has supplied to Bangladesh.
A major new locomotive deal marks the latest chapter in Progress Rail’s long heritage of supplying customers in the Middle East.
The parent of Progress Rail Services is eyeing a move of the Electro Motive Diesel business to a new facility on the East Coast, and out of its historic plant in LaGrange, Ill., involving as many as 600 jobs.
Working in noise and vibration for EMD Progress Rail – what can generously be termed among the most complex and difficult fields in engineering – Grace Madden has worked tirelessly with exceptional skill and precision to lead her team and department at one of the storied brands in railroading.
Progress Rail announced it has successfully completed initial emissions testing of a new switching locomotive, the EMD24B, and has begun the process of certifying the locomotive for EPA Tier 4 emissions standards.
Working with the Rail Division of parent company Caterpillar Inc., Progress Rail/Electro-Motive Diesel is developing two LNG (liquefied natural gas) systems for the EMD 710 Series engine: Dynamic Gas Blending™ (DGB™) and Direct Injected Gas (DIG). “These technologies will allow our customers to utilize natural gas, while maintaining the leading performance and reliability of the EMD 710 engine,” the company says.
State-of-the-art locomotives stand ready to make their mark on what is ideally a power-hungry industry. Problem is, with traffic down, the railroads aren’t so hungry for new power.