Progressive Railroading

Newsletter Sign Up
Stay updated on news, articles and information for the rail industry

All fields are required.

<< Rail News Home: Mechanical

5/25/2006    Mechanical

Rail News: Mechanical

GE's 1,000th Evolution Series locomotive to roll off assembly line

GE – Transportation is about to mark a milestone for its Evolution® Series locomotive. Seventeen months after launching production of the environmentally friendly locomotive, the company is assembling the 1,000th unit. GE soon will deliver the locomotive to BNSF Railway Co., which has ordered 750 units.

Featuring a GEVO 12-cylinder engine and hybrid cooling system, the 4,400-horsepower Evolution Series locomotives are designed to reduce air emissions more than 40 percent and cut fuel usage about 5 percent compared with a conventional locomotive.

GE spent seven years and more than $250 million to develop the Evolution Series. The company expects to produce 700 of the locomotives this year.

“Working with suppliers to develop new technologies, the rail industry is committed to leading the way in improving fuel efficiency and reducing pollution,” said Association of American Railroads President and Chief Executive Officer Edward Hamberger in a prepared statement.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.