GE Transportation Delivers 3,000th GE Evolution Series Locomotive to Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ)
GE Transportation announced today that its customer Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) has taken delivery of the 3,000th Evolution Series® locomotive produced at GE Transportation’s Erie, Pennsylvania manufacturing site. The Evolution is the most technologically advanced diesel electric, heavy-haul locomotive to-date. One Evolution Series locomotive can pull the equivalent of 170 Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jet” airliners.
In 2006, KTZ ordered 310 GE Evolution Series locomotives and the first ten units, including the 3,000th, have arrived in Kazakhstan. Three hundred additional locomotives will be assembled in Kazakhstan starting at the end of 2009 from kits and parts produced in Erie.
This is the 3,000th Evolution Series locomotive since its introduction to the market in 2005. Four years ago, GE Transportation reinvented what a locomotive could be, and today, with this major milestone delivery, 3,000 Evolution Series locomotives are now serving the infrastructure development of countries around the world, while providing economic and environmental benefits of fuel savings and decreased emissions. Beyond Kazakhstan, GE Transportation has developed innovative locomotives based on the Evolution Series platform for markets in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt and the United States.
KTZ manages a fleet of approximately 2,000 locomotives and 14,000 km of rail lines. Rich in oil, natural gas, coal and iron ore, Kazakhstan also serves as a vital hub for trade across the entire region, including Russia, China and the former Soviet states of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
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