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Ferromex expands locomotive fleet with latest EMD delivery

Ferrocarril Mexicano S.A. de C.V. (Ferromex) has accepted delivery of 10 of 19 Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) SD70ACe locomotives on order. The units will be placed into service in June, the railroad announced yesterday.

The new units add to Ferromex's fleet for a total of 116 EMD SD70ACe locomotives. The railroad took delivery of 82 new SD70ACe locomotives in 2011 and 15 in 2006. EMD was chosen to supply the units based on performance and fuel efficiency, officials said in a joint press release.

"EMD has helped us improve our fuel consumption, and their reliability has allowed us to operate more efficiently and effectively," said Ferromex Chief Executive Officer Rogelio Vélez.

EMD introduced the 4,300-horsepower SD70ACe locomotive in 2005 for freight applications in North America and worldwide.

"Our locomotive performance allows Ferromex to realize operational cost reductions, which provide Ferromex with funding to continue their committed investment in and strong support of Mexico’s infrastructure," said Brian Edwards, vice president of sales and locomotive service operations for Progress Rail and EMD.


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