Kansas City Southern Orders 50 GE Locomotives

GE Transportation at a glance

Established more than a century ago, GE Transportation is a division of the General Electric that began as a pioneer in passenger and freight locomotives. Headquartered in Chicago, today it has:

  • More than 65 service sites worldwide
  • $4.7 billion in revenues and $1.1 billion in operating profit (2016)
  • Three primary divisions: Equipment (rail, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling), Services and Digital Solutions

Kansas City Southern on Thursday announced its US and Mexico subsidiaries will acquire 50 new locomotives from GE Transportation, offering a major boost to the locomotive manufacturing giant.

The Tier 4 Evolution locomotives – GE’s most advanced model, which features a 70 percent emissions reduction compared to previous models – will be built at its Fort Worth, Tx., plant for delivery beginning early 2019.

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

“KCS is pleased to have GE as our partner,” said Jeffrey M. Songer, KCS’s executive vice president and chief operating officer .

“This purchase will help us continue the modernization of our locomotive fleet and position KCS for future expanded volumes.”

The locomotives will be equipped with GE’s GoLINC networking technology, Trip Optimizer fuel saving system and Locotrol distributed power controls. These solutions will help optimize power distribution, train handling, brake control and fuel utilization.

For example, the Trip Optimizer is automated, cruise control system that crunches data on route, road conditions, etc. to make an optimal fuel plan, resulting in 10% fuel savings on average. It has logged more than 300 million auto miles, saving customers more than 200 million gallons of fuel.

“This agreement will expand our relationship with KCS, drive operational efficiency across their system, and further meet the needs of their future growth,” said Rafael Santana, president and CEO of GE Transportation. “Our leading Tier 4 locomotives will give KCS the productivity and reliability needed to move and grow with its customers.”

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