Watco Electric Switchers Receive High Marks

After more than a year in production, Watco’s newly commissioned battery-powered switching locomotives are receiving high marks as they “outperform original assumptions around functionality and sustainability,” the short line holding company announced in the October 2023 issue of its magazine, The Dispatch.

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company, is providing Fortescue Metals Group with two EMD® Joule battery-electric locomotives (rendering above) to transport iron ore to port in western Australia. (Rendering Courtesy of Progress Rail)

Supply Briefs: Watco/Medha, Fortescue/Progress Rail

Watco is partnering with India-based Medha to convert two switchers to battery power. In addition, mining company Fortescue Metals Group of western Australia has ordered two new EMD® Joule battery-electric locomotives from Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company.