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2/26/2004



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EWS replaces 'Royal Train's' two power units with one EMD locomotive



Last week, English Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS) unveiled a new dedicated Class 67 locomotive the railroad plans to use to move the "Royal Train."

Built in 1999 by General Motors Corp.'s Electro-Motive Division (EMD), the $2.8 million, 3,000-horsepower locomotive — which EWS has named "The Queen's Messenger" — will replace two dedicated Class 47 diesel units that now power the train used by Great Britain's royal family.

To date, EMD has provided EWS 30 Class 67 locomotives, which are designed to reach a top speed of 125 mph. The units feature a dual-cab car body and high-speed bogies, as well as EMD's 12-cylinder 710 engine and EM2000 locomotive-control computer, which are built into North American locomotives. EMD also has provided EWS and other European freight railroads more than 400 Class 66 locomotives, which also feature the 710 engine and EM2000 computer system.

Great Britain's largest railroad, EWS operates 8,000 trains weekly and moves more than 100 million tons of freight annually. The railroad also operates passenger trains and performs train maintenance services.


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