Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) has placed orders with GE Transportation to deliver 24 new ES44C4 locomotives to boost its freight services.

FEC mechanical, engineering and purchasing senior vice-president Fran Chinnici said: "These locomotives will provide the fuel efficient power we need to support the current operations and future growth of the railroad."

The 24 new ES44C4 locomotives, which are part of GE’s Evolution Series, will be operated on FEC’s mainline route that runs along the Atlantic coast between Jacksonville, and Miami, Florida, US, for thru-freight, heavy haul service.

The 351-mile FEC freight rail system serves as the exclusive rail provider for Port Miami, Port Everglades, and Port of Palm Beach.

The rail system connects to the national railway system in Jacksonville, Florida, in order to move cargo originating or terminating there.

Equipped with advanced engine technology that help to control NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions, the new locomotives are designed to comply with US EPA Tier 3 emissions requirements and also enable to reduce fuel consumption and operating costs.

GE Transportation global sales vice-president Dave Tucker said: "We’re excited to have our Evolution Series locomotives join FEC’s fleet. This locomotive model is the most fuel-efficient locomotive in the North American heavy-haul market today."

FEC also provides cost-effective end-to-end intermodal and carload solutions to customers.

Image: The ES44C4 locomotives are equipped with advanced engine technology to control NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions. Photo: General Electric Company.