CN orders new locomotives; aims to increase fuel efficiency

by Canadian Shipper

MONTREAL, QC– CN Rail has ordered 70 new high-horsepower locomotives from GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric Co. and Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.


The new units are part of CN’s multi-year locomotive-renewal program aimed at continuously increasing fuel efficiency, improving service reliability for its customers, and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, said the company.


CN will acquire 35 ES44DC locomotives from GE starting in the fourth quarter of 2010, and 35 SD70M-2s from EMD beginning in January 2011. The GE locomotives produce 4,400 horsepower and the EMDs 4,350 horsepower.


The new locomotives are 15-20 per cent more fuel-efficient than the ones they will replace and will comply fully with the latest regulatory requirements for reduced locomotive exhaust emissions, CN said.


The new GE and EMD locomotives will also be equipped with distributed power (DP) capability, enabling remote control of a locomotive or locomotives throughout a train from the lead control locomotive, smoother train starts, improved braking and lower pulling forces at the head-end of a train.

CN said it will be able to run fewer and more efficient trains and to take advantage of the productivity gains from its extended siding program. With more optimum matching of motive power to train weight, DP locomotives also allow CN to reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions, the company added.

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