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KCS to add another 25 locomotives to growing fleet


During the next four months, Kansas City Southern expects to take delivery of 25 SD50 locomotives from National Railway Equipment Co. Earlier this year, the Class I purchased the units — formerly used by Conrail — from the lessor.

The 25 locomotives will increase KCS' fleet to 525 and reduce per-horsepower-hour costs, according to a prepared statement.

Last month, the railroad enhanced its locomotive fleet by exercising an option to purchase 74 units from Southern Capital Corp. L.L.C., a rolling-stock leasing company jointly owned by KCS and GATX Capital Corp. The Class I expects to obtain the locomotives — which it now leases — May 1.

KCS expects to save about $1.8 million annually by purchasing the units.

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