Kansas City Southern Taps GE Transportation for 50 Locomotives

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The U.S. and Mexico rail subsidiaries of Kansas City Southern will acquire a combined total of 50 new locomotives from GE Transportation.

The locomotives will be delivered during 2019. GE Transportation is also delivering digital solutions to drive improved operational and fuel efficiency.

With the North American rail market improving and freight volume up roughly 5 percent in 2017 and expected continued growth in 2018, the advanced locomotives will help KCS deliver on its expected future growth, while driving operational efficiencies across the KCS network.

“KCS is pleased to have GE as our partner,” KCS executive vice president and chief operating officer Jeffrey M. Songer said in a news release. “This purchase will help us continue the modernization of our locomotive fleet and position KCS for future expanded volumes.”

The order includes GE’s Tier 4 Evolution Series locomotives, equipped with GE Transportation’s GoLINC Platform, Trip Optimizer System and Distributed Power LOCOTROL technologies. As part of GE Transportation’s Train Performance product suite, these technology solutions optimize power distribution, train handling, brake control and fuel utilization.

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