CN orders 60 more locomotives, cites growth in rail volumes

Canadian National Railway plans to add 60 additional locomotives to its fleet, the company announced this week.

The Montreal-based railway has placed an order with GE Transportation for 60 more locomotives, expanding a previous order for 200 new locomotives that was placed by CN in December 2017.

“With strong demand across our business, we continue to invest for the long haul with these locomotives that further expand the reliability and size of our fleet,” said J.J. Ruest, CN’s president and chief executive officer.

“With expanded infrastructure and new equipment, we are giving our industry-leading transportation team the tools they need to provide higher levels of service with greater operating efficiency.”

CN’s latest order is for 60 Tier 4 Evolution Series locomotives designed to maximize train effectiveness and efficiency.

In a Sept. 5 news release, CN said features on the new locomotives are intended to optimize power distribution, train handling, brake control and fuel utilization.

The new purchase also includes a multi-year service agreement.

The locomotives will be produced at GE’s manufacturing facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

“This agreement will expand on our valued relationship with CN,” said Rafael Santana, president and chief executive officer of GE Transportation.

“Our Tier 4 technology will further increase CN’s productivity and reliability and help them grow in the resurging North American segment.”

CN said rail traffic is increasing in North America.

So far in 2018, rail volumes across the continent are roughly 3.5 percent higher than last year, according to the American Association of Railroads.

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