Florida East Coast Railway Completes Successful Inaugural Run of New GE Locomotives

FECR's new Tier 3 locomotives on their inaugural run from Jacksonville to Miami, November 21, 2014.

Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) on Nov. 21 completed the inaugural run of its first two new GE ES44C4 locomotives.

Locomotives FEC 803 and FEC 804 provided state-of-the-art Tier 3 locomotive power to FECR Train 101, the company’s most expedited through-freight train, transporting automotive, carload and intermodal freight from Jacksonville to Miami.

Part of GE’s Evolution Series, the ES44C4 locomotives are designed using advanced engine technology that lowers fuel consumption while also controlling NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions. The company will receive a total of 24 ES44C4 locomotives from GE Transportation before the end of the year.

“As we continue to grow and expand, it is critical that we have dependable and efficient horsepower to support the transportation of intermodal, carload, auto and port business,” James R. Hertwig, FECR President and CEO, said in a news release. “With these new Tier 3 locomotives, we are well positioned to handle current and future customer needs.”