GM EMD Wins New Locomotive Orders
General Motors Electro-Motive Division and Montana Rail Link (MRL) announced that MRL will take delivery of 16 new locomotives in 2005. The new SD70ACe locomotives use Electro-Motive's 710 diesel engine to produce 4300 traction horsepower through an AC traction system and meet U.S. EPA Tier 2 engine emissions standards. The new MRL locomotives will also be equipped with IntelliTrain, Electro-Motive's remote monitoring and diagnostics system that enables technicians to access locomotive health and operational data while the locomotives are pulling trains.
MRL expects this unprecedented visibility to increase locomotive utilization and availability. Recent heavy haul train tests conducted by MRL confirmed that the Electro-Motive SD70ACe locomotives provide a fuel savings of greater than 20%. Five of the new locomotives will replace eight older locomotives on coal and grain trains that MRL operates over the continental divide in western Montana.