UK rail freight operator Freightliner has received the first two PowerHaul locomotives manufactured by GE.

The deal marks GE Transportation’s entry into the UK and European freight market.

The 129t diesel-electric locomotives feature a V16-cylinder, twin-turbo PowerHaul engine, AC individual-axle traction-control technology and dynamic braking, and are designed for greater hauling capacity and lower fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The locomotives emit less carbon per gross-tonne mile moved than electric locomotives, are greener all round and over ten times better than their road equivalent, GE said.