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Farmrail adds three locomotives to motive-power fleet


Unlike Class Is that are placing hundreds of locomotives in storage, Farmrail System Inc. is adding units to its locomotive fleet.

The company recently added a fourth GP-38AC and two standard GP-38s to its motive-power roster, enlarging the fleet to 22 units. Farmrail plans to either place some older GP-9/10 units in reserve status, lease or sell the units, or use the locomotives as sources for spare parts.

The company also is installing electronic event recorders and cameras on locomotives in the primary fleet as additional safety measures.

Farmrail operates two short lines in Oklahoma that serve an 82-mile line between Weatherford and Erick, and an 89-mile line between Westholm and Elmer. In addition, wholly owned subsidiary Grainbelt Corp. controls a 176-mile line between Enid and Frederick.

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