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Kazakhstan national railway orders 310 Evolution Series locomotives from GE


Yesterday, GE – Transportation announced it obtained a contract valued at more than $650 million from Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) to supply 310 Evolution Series® locomotives — GE’s first Evolution Series order outside North America.

Within two years, the locomotive builder will produce 10 units at its Erie, Pa., plant and ship the locomotives to Kazakhstan’s national railway. Between 2008 and 2012, GE will deliver the remaining 300 units, which will undergo final assembly at a new locomotive assembly plant in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan.

GE will tailor the AC-traction Evolution Series units for operation in Kazakhstan. The dual-cab, six-axle locomotives will feature an interior walkway bridging both locomotive ends and be powered by GE’s 12-cylinder GEVO engine.

Evolution Series locomotives are designed to reduce air emissions more than 40 percent, and reduce fuel usage between 3 percent and 5 percent compared with conventional locomotives.

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