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Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), a wholly owned subsidiary of Progress Rail Services Corp., a Caterpillar company, is displaying its first Tier 4 freight locomotive at Railway Interchange at the BNSF Railway Co.'s Northtown Yard in Minneapolis.
Progress Rail President and Chief Executive Officer Billy Ainsworth said, "In 2010, we acquired Electro-Motive, a world leader in diesel electric locomotives, having delivered more than 60,000 locomotives worldwide. Over the past five years, our goal has been to take the EMD locomotive product line to the next level in terms of innovation and sustainability. After closely collaborating with our customers and combining the engineering expertise of Progress Rail, Electro-Motive and Caterpillar, we are proud to display our SD70ACe-T4 locomotive with the EMD 1010 engine, which features lower emissions and optimized fuel efficiency, without the use of urea.:
Featuring a 12-cylinder engine, the SD70ACe-T4 includes a high performance AC traction system, isolated powertrain, radial bogies, individual axle control, advanced electronics and an enlarged cab designed for crew ergonomics and safety. With the reliability, maintainability and safety customers expect from EMD locomotives, benefits of the SD70ACe-T4 include improved asset utilization, optimized efficiency and performance, and lower infrastructure and maintenance costs.
The company plans to have these locomotives available in the second half of 2016, which is earlier than previously announced.
"The long and diverse manufacturing history of Caterpillar, coupled with the depth and breadth of our combined engineering efforts make for impressive products. As we look to the future, our goal is to provide a full range of product and service solutions, targeted at improved performance in terms of sustainability, fuel savings and lower emissions — all of which will provide lasting benefits for our valued customers," Ainsworth added.
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