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4/7/2005    Locomotives

Rail News: Mechanical

CN orders 75 locomotives to meet traffic demands

Yesterday, Canadian National Railway Co. became the second Class I this week to announce locomotive purchase plans.

CN ordered 50 4,400-horsepower ES44DC locomotives from GE Transportation-Rail and 25 4,300-horsepower SD70M-2 locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. Deliveries are expected to begin in the fourth quarter and conclude in mid-2006. The orders provide CN options to acquire 25 more ES44DCs and 50 additional SD70M-2s by Dec. 31, 2008.

“Our orders for 75 new locomotives will upgrade CN’s motive-power fleet at a time of continued growth in all of our businesses across the network, including import/export of both bulk shipments and intermodal traffic,” said CN President and Chief Executive Officer E. Hunter Harrison in a prepared statement, adding that the options, if exercised, would enable CN to accommodate projected traffic growth.

The Class I plans to replace 100 older 3,000- to 3,600-horsepower locomotives with the new units, which by year end will increase CN’s fleet to 1,343 mainline locomotives and 718 switchers. The new units will be designed to reduce fuel usage 20 percent compared with the older locomotives.

On Monday, Norfolk Southern Corp. announced it will acquire 50 more locomotives this year than initially planned. The railroad ordered the six-axle, 4,000-horsepower high-adhesion units — to be delivered in the fourth quarter — from GE Transportation-Rail.

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