Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) in the central US is set to acquire three new locomotives from GE Transportation.

The Class II regional railroad will acquire new GE Evolution Series locomotives, which will be produced in early 2020.

IAIS president and CEO Joe Parsons said: “For over a decade, IAIS has invested heavily in infrastructure to support our customers and increase safety.

“The purchase of these locomotives will help us remain competitive and poised for the growth we are currently experiencing.”

Under the agreement, all three locomotives will be equipped with GE Transportation’s Train Performance product suite solutions, including the GoLINC Platform, Trip Optimizer System, and Distributed Power LOCOTROL.

These solutions will improve locomotive handling, as well as optimise their efficiency, power distribution, brake control, and fuel utilisation.

“The purchase of these locomotives will help us remain competitive and poised for the growth we are currently experiencing.”

In addition, GE Transportation will install these solutions into the IAIS’s existing Evolution Series fleet of 17 locomotives.

Parsons added: “These locomotives and their digital technology will allow us to provide safe, quality transportation services in a way that enables our customers and our company to succeed.”

Once delivered, the Evolution Series locomotives will be utilised to transport grains, ethanol and metals across Iowa Interstate’s network.

GE Transportation Equipment vice-president Yuvbir Singh said: “Our technology solutions are driving improved productivity and reliability to IAIS’s fleet and helping this valued customer move freight more efficiently.”

The GE Evolution Series locomotive meets the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) emission standards without any after-treatment.

In July this year, GE Transportation secured an order to supply five diesel-electric locomotives to Chile.