Canadian National Orders 60 Further Locomotives from GE Transportation
Tier 4 Evolution™ Series locomotive assembly at Fort Worth Manufacturing Solutions facility, Texas © GE Transportation
Canadian National Railway Ltd have ordered 60 locomotives from GE Transportation (GE).
The units in the order include GE’s Tier 4 Evolution™ Series locomotives. This model is equipped with GE Transportation’s GoLINC™ Platform, Trip Optimizer™ System and Distributed Power LOCOTROL® eXpanded Architecture to maximise the efficiency of the train. In December 2017 CN committed to ordering 200 Tier 3 and 4 locomotives from GE over the succeeding 3 years, but this most recent order is in addition to the original 200 units.
JJ Ruest, President and Chief Executive Officer of CN, said:
“With strong demand across our business, we continue to invest for the long haul with these locomotives that further expand the reliability and size of our fleet,” said. “With expanded infrastructure and new equipment, we are giving our industry-leading transportation team the tools they need to provide higher levels of service with greater operating efficiency.”
The contract includes long-term maintenance provisions to support CN’s operational requirements.
Rafael Santana, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Transportation, said:
“This agreement will expand on our valued relationship with CN. Our Tier 4 technology will further increase CN’s productivity and reliability and help them grow in the resurging North American segment,” said . “We are proud to partner with CN to meet their future needs and drive further efficiency into their freight rail operations.”
All the locomotives for CN will be produced at GE’s Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth, Texas. GE received a similar order from Kansas City Southern in June 2018.