Progress Rail

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Hold On Tight!

RAILWAY AGE, OCTOBER 2022 ISSUE: Rail fastening system suppliers continue to find new ways to deliver a tight hold and longer track life, helping to ensure the safety of heavy-haul, high-speed passenger rail and transit applications across North America and beyond.

John Newman (right) will succeed Marty Haycraft (left) as SVP of Caterpillar and President and CEO of Progress Rail when Haycraft retires at the end of the year.
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Caterpillar’s Haycraft to Retire

Caterpillar Inc. announced on Oct. 24 that Marty Haycraft, Caterpillar Senior Vice President and President and CEO of Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company, will retire at the end of 2022 after 32 years of service. He will be succeeded by John Newman.

The hybrid-electric locomotives, which will be equipped with ZTR-supplied batteries, power electronics and controls, will be built at UP's Little Rock, Ark., facility. (UP photo)

UP, ZTR Partner on Hybrid-Electric Locomotives

Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and ZTR, a locomotive control systems supplier, announced on Oct. 6 a partnership to build hybrid-electric locomotives. The locomotives will be built at UP’s North Little Rock, Ark., facility with the first prototype expected to be delivered in late 2023 and five additional units arriving in 2024.

Progress Rail to Supply BNSF with Zero Exhaust Emission Locomotives

Progress Rail (a Caterpillar Company) announced on Sept. 23 that it is supplying up to four EMD® Joule battery electric locomotives to BNSF Railway (BNSF). Supported in part by grant funding, the locomotives, to be delivered in 2024, would replace BNSF diesel units operating in Southern California, with charging systems for continuous operation.

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Rebuild, Renew, Repower

RAILWAY AGE, SEPTEMBER 2022 ISSUE: For many freight railroads, upgrading their existing locomotive fleets to current standards of improved fuel efficiency and emissions reductions is far more cost-effective than acquiring new power.

“EMD has a proud 100-year legacy of providing rail customers with proven technology and innovation,” says Marty Haycraft, Caterpillar’s Senior Vice President and Progress Rail’s President and CEO. (Photograph Courtesy of Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company)

Happy 100th Anniversary, EMD®!

Caterpillar Inc. on Aug. 31 marked the 100th anniversary of EMD®. Founded as Electro-Motive Engineering Corporation, EMD is now a product brand of Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company.

Solvay recently embarked on a $92 million project to invest in purpose-built railcar fleet over the next three years.

Solvay, UP Partner to Reduce Soda Ash Carbon Footprint

Belgium-based chemical company Solvay announced Aug. 26 that, with Union Pacific (UP), it has invested in a purpose-built railcar fleet to reduce the carbon footprint of every railcar of soda ash (or sodium carbonate), “the 10th most consumed inorganic compound in the world and a base ingredient for lass and detergent manufacturers,” shipped from the company’s Green River, Wyo., plant.