GE unveils first of 200 Canadian National Railway locomotives

7 June 2018 (Last Updated June 7th, 2018 11:50)

GE Transportation has rolled out its first Evolution Series locomotive built for Canadian National Railway (CN), which was manufactured at its facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

GE unveils first of 200 Canadian National Railway locomotives
The first Evolution locomotive for CN. Credit: General Electric.

GE Transportation has rolled out its first Evolution Series locomotive built for Canadian National Railway (CN), which was manufactured at its facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

The company will deliver 200 locomotives of this kind to CN over the next three years, starting in 2018, under a multi-year purchase agreement signed in December 2017.

The locomotives will help CN fulfil its freight requirements by transporting more than $250bn worth of cargo annually across its 19,600 route miles in North America.

GE Transportation chief commercial officer Jim Hilderhoff said: “These new locomotives are evidence of CN’s commitment and investment to expand capacity for all of its customers.

“The Evolution Series locomotives will provide the digital capabilities, efficiency, reliability and tractive effort CN requires to successfully meet the growing market demands and support future growth.”

“The Evolution Series locomotives will provide the digital capabilities, efficiency, reliability and tractive effort CN requires to successfully meet the growing market demands and support future growth.”

All the new locomotives will be equipped with GE Transportation’s GoLINC Platform, Trip Optimizer System and Distributed Power LOCOTROL eXpanded Architecture in a bid to optimise their efficiency, fuel utilisation, power distribution and handling.

CN interim president and CEO JJ Ruest said: “The delivery of this first locomotive is a testament to our commitment to investing for the long haul.

“More locomotives, combined with more conductors, help us serve our clients better, faster, and with fewer emissions than other modes of long-haul transportation.”

The agreement includes the provision of a locomotive training package that will ensure proper maintenance of the units.

It also features guarantees for reliability, fuel consumption and out-of-service intervals associated to GE prescribed field modifications.