THE 1940s

Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD®) has long been a leader in the railroad industry, and will soon be celebrating 100 years in business. Since 1922, EMD® has been delivering top-of-the-line locomotives around the world. Take a ride through history as we share with you EMD's diverse past.

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We are of the largest integrated diversified providers of rolling stock and infrastructure solutions and technologies for the global rail industry. The company provides advanced EMD® locomotives, engines, and technologies, railcars, trackwork, fasteners, signaling, rail welding and Kershaw® Maintenance-of-Way equipment, along with dedicated locomotive and freight car repair services, aftermarket parts support and recycling operations. Progress Rail’s deep industry expertise ensures a commitment to quality through innovative solutions. 

 

1940    

The first locomotive to be built at the La Grange, Illinois facility was the Santa Fe Switcher. It first went into serve in January of 1940 on the Sante Fe Railroad, and scores were in service by 1941.

EMD 1940 Sante Fe Switcher

1941

Publicity photos for Santa Fe freight

EMD 1940 Sante Fe Switcher

1942

Engine capacity increased from 25 to 100 per month, Landing-Ship-Tank 2,100 engines supplied, Sub chasers 550 pancake engines supplied. Production was suspended for 6 months (1942-43). 500 units were produced in 1944.

EMD 1942 Sante Fe Switcher

1944

From the 10th anniversary of the Pioneer Zephyr. Longest travelled self-propelled land vehicle in the world with an average speed of 66mph.

EMD 1944 Sante Fe Switcher
US Navy Photos of EMD®-powered LSTs (Landing Ship Tanks)
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US Navy Photos of EMD®-powered LSTs (Landing Ship Tanks)

1946

EMD® locomotive gracing a Mexican postage stamp. EMD® locomotives are now in use in 57 countries outside the US

EMD 1944 Sante Fe Switcher

1947

25th anniversary of EMD®. At the time of the anniversary, a point the company made was “History must be only a foundation for the future.” It was highlighted that Electro-Motive had the facilities, experience, imagination and inspiration to be leaders in the field.

25th anniversary of EMD. At the time of the anniversary, a point the company made was “History must be only a foundation for the future.” It was highlighted that Electro-Motive had the facilities, experience, imagination and inspiration to be leaders in the field.

1948

R. Purves, chairman and managing director of The Clyde Engineering Co. in Australia, and C.R. Osborn, vice president of GM and general manager of EMD®, signalizing the signing of agreement. It will manufacture diesel locomotives at its works in Granville, New South Wales. Which benefits in low price and speedy delivery.

R. Purves, chairman and managing director of The Clyde Engineering Co. in Australia, and C.R. Osborn, vice president of GM and general manager of EMD, signalizing the signing of agreement. It will manufacture diesel locomotives at its works in Granville, New South Wales. Which benefits in low price and speedy delivery.

1949

The new General Motors Train of Tomorrow is in Springfield for public inspection. Approximately 140 guest of GM rode the train. GM received a special copy of a joint House-senate resolution commending the “Train of Tomorrow.” Regional director of PR for GM Osborn and state Sen. A.J. Bidwell made the presentation (left to right).

The new General motors Train of Tomorrow is in Springfield for public inspection. Approximately 140 guest of GM rode the train. GM received a special copy of a joint House-senate resolution commending the “Train of Tomorrow.” Regional director of PR for GM Osborn and state Sen. A.J. Bidwell made the presentation (left to right).

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