Progress Rail news

News about Progress Rail, including the Electro-Motive Diesel brand.

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    Progress Rail to supply locomotives to Sumatra


    INDONESIA: National railway PT KAI has awarded Progress Rail a contract to supply 54 EMD GT38AC locomotives from 2025 for use hauling freight in south Sumatra. The order announced on February 15 will add to the 91 GT38AC locomotives delivered since 2011. The 1 067 mm ...

  • Rumo has taken delivery of two Progress Rail EMD GT38H battery-diesel hybrid locomotives

    Rumo takes delivery of battery-diesel hybrid locomotives


    BRAZIL: Freight operator Rumo has taken delivery of two Progress Rail EMD GT38H battery-diesel hybrid locomotives, which will store energy generated during dynamic braking rather than dissipate it as heat. Rumo expects the locos to use up to 45% less fuel and to be produce ...

  • Cabs for modernised Union Pacific locomotive at Wabtec's Fort Worth plant

    Progress Rail sues Wabtec alleging breach of contract and damaging statements


    USA: Locomotive manufacturer Progress Rail has initiated legal action against competitor Wabtec, alleging monopolistic conduct.

  • Progress Rail Aurizon battery loco conversion project

    Battery freight locomotive conversion underway


    AUSTRALIA: One of Aurizon’s Class 4000 diesel locomotives is being converted to a prototype EMD Joule battery powered heavy-haul freight loco which can be charged using renewable electricity and capture regenerated energy when braking or travelling downhill. The operator said the prototype will be ’a measured ...

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    Joule battery loco unveiled ahead of trial


    USA: Pacific Harbor Line has unveiled a Progress Rail EMD SD40JR Joule battery electric locomotive ahead of a one-year trial. Anacostia Rail Holdings subsidiary PHL provides shunting services and dispatches all BNSF and Union Pacific trains within the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It ...

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    GB Railfreight to lease Akiem locomotives


    UK: GB Railfreight has announced a 10-year deal with leasing company Akiem which will see 11 EMD Class 77 and 66 diesel locomotives transferred from Continental Europe to the UK between January 2023 and May 2024. The locos will be modified for use on the British ...

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    Qube loco order to boost Melbourne – Sydney service


    AUSTRALIA: Import-export logistics specialist Qube has ordered 12 EMD GT46 diesel locomotives from Progress Rail for delivery from August 2023.

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    Progress Rail to supply battery locos to BNSF


    USA: Progress Rail is to supply BNSF with ‘up to four’ EMD Joule SD70J battery locomotives and two charging stations for demonstration in southern California from 2024. The manufacturer said they would be the largest battery electric locomotives in North America, with a capacity of 8 ...

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    Etihad Rail signs agreements with Alstom, SNCF, Progress Rail and Thales


    UAE: Etihad Rail has signed memoranda of understanding with SNCF International, Alstom, Progress Rail and Thales at InnoTrans, aiming to support economic development by driving the growth of the rail industry in the UAE and the region.

  • Etihad Rail new locomotive fleet offloading

    Locomotives and wagons delivered to Etihad Rail


    UAE: Etihad Rail has begun taking delivery of 38 locomotives and 842 wagons as part of plans to provide a freight capacity of more than 60 million tonnes per year on the future national railway network. The 38 EMD SD70 diesel-electric locomotives are being supplied by Progress ...

  • Wabtec is to supply Union Pacific with 10 FLXdrive locos

    Union Pacific to create ‘world’s largest’ battery-electric loco fleet


    USA: Union Pacific has ordered 20 battery locomotives for trials as part of a plan to create what it says will be the world’s largest fleet of operator-owned battery-electric freight locomotives. Progress Rail is to supply 10 EMD Joule locos and Wabtec 10 FLXdrive locos. Associated ...

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    BHP to trial battery locos on Pilbara iron ore network


    AUSTRALIA: Mining company BHP has awarded Progress Rail and Wabtec contracts to supply four battery locomotives for trials on its Western Australia Iron Ore network from late 2023. Progress Rail is to supply two EMD Joule eight-axle locomotives with a battery capacity of 14·5 MWh, while ...

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    Fortescue orders EMD Joule battery locomotives


    AUSTRALIA: Fortescue Metals Group has ordered two EMD Joule battery locomotives from Progress Rail for use on its iron ore railway in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Offering an energy storage capacity of 14·5 MWh, the eight-axle BE14.5BB locomotives will be manufactured at Progress Rail’s ...

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    Hydrogen freight locomotive demonstration planned


    USA: Progress Rail, BNSF and Chevron have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a fuel cell demonstrator locomotive to assess the viability of using hydrogen as an alternative to diesel for main line freight operations. Progress Rail plans to design and build a prototype ...

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    CN and Progress Rail test renewable fuel blends


    CANADA: Canadian National and Progress Rail are working with biofuel producer Renewable Energy Group to test renewable fuel blends, with the aim of gaining a better understanding of their long-term durability and operational impact, especially in cold weather, and to plan modifications which might be needed ...

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    Norfolk Southern tests Tier 4 GP34ECO Locomotive


    USA: Progress Rail and Norfolk Southern have started testing the first EMD GP34ECO locomotive for yard work and intermediate freight traffic, which uses selective catalytic reduction to meet Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 emissions regulations. Remanufactured from a GP59 at Norfolk Southern’s Juniata Locomotive Shop in ...

  • Bowen Rail’s Queensland coal locomotives delivered

    Bowen Rail’s Queensland coal locomotives delivered


    AUSTRALIA: Adani Group’s Bowen Rail Co has taken delivery of the first of 10 locomotives ordered to haul coal from Bravus Mining & Resources’ Carmichael Mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, which is to begin operations this year. ‘We launched the Bowen Rail Company in August 2020 ...

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    State Railway of Thailand awards locomotive ETCS contract


    THAILAND: State Railway of Thailand has awarded Progress Rail’s ECM subsidiary and its local partner GLI Grandline Innovation a contract to design, supply and install onboard equipment on 70 locomotives to support ETCS Level 1 operation. Italian company ECM develops and manufactures HMR9 microprocessor interlockings and ...

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    Union Pacific ups biodiesel blend


    USA: Progress Rail has approved the use of up to 20% biodiesel blend across its range of 645 and 710 series engines. This follows testing with high-horsepower locomotives to monitor fuel consumption and the impact on engine oil and fuel filters. Approval will enable Union Pacific ...

  • ECM has signed a turnkey contract to supply the signalling systems for the Tiranë – Durrës modernisation programme

    Tiranë – Durrës signalling contract awarded


    ALBANIA: Progress Rail subsidiary ECM has signed a turnkey contract to supply the signalling systems for the Tiranë – Durrës modernisation programme, which is being undertaken by Italian company INC under a contract signed with national railway HSH in February. Progress Rail is to supply the ...