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UP said its order with Progress Rail and Wabtec represents “the largest investment in battery-electric technology by a U.S. Class I railroad.” (Photo Courtesy of UP)

UP Acquiring 20 Battery-Electrics for Yard Service

Union Pacific on Jan. 28 reported ordering 10 battery-electric locomotives apiece from Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company, and Wabtec Corp. for yard testing; the “green” units plus yard infrastructure upgrades will exceed $100 million and support the Class I railroad’s efforts to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

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.

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Progress Rail PowerView: More Than Just a Black Box

Progress Rail’s Power View is a family of products that we’ve developed over the past couple of years, working closely with the rail industry. We spent a lot of time talking to our customers to try and understand what they were looking for in a next-generation locomotive event recorder. They told us they wanted the ability to synchronize data from multiple sources to obtain a complete operational view of what’s occurring on their locomotives. They were looking to synchronize all the locomotive data—PTC, audio, video, etc.—and as such we started developing this platform when PTC was being installed nationally on locomotive fleets.



RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2021 ISSUE: Railway Age’s Women in Rail awards recognize leaders for driving their businesses forward while making a difference in the industry and in their communities.

CN, Progress Rail, REG Advancing Renewable Fuels

CN and Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company, are partnering with Renewable Energy Group (REG) “to test high-level renewable fuel blends including both biodiesel and renewable diesel in support of the companies’ sustainability goals.”

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Foundational Innovations

RAILWAY AGE, OCTOBER 2021 ISSUE: Rail fastening system technology continues to evolve, delivering a tight hold and longer track life in heavy-haul freight, high-speed passenger rail and transit applications.

Powered by a 3,000 h.p. 12-710 EMD engine, the GP34ECO uses the “first diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) / selective catalytic reduction (SCR) aftertreatment system intended for line haul locomotive applications,” according to collaborators Norfolk Southern and Progress Rail.

NS, Progress Rail Unveil ‘Green’ Power

Norfolk Southern (NS) and Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company, have teamed on the first GP34ECO locomotive for yard and intermediate service; it is now undergoing testing to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 emissions certification requirements, the companies reported on Sept. 30.