Caterpillar Celebrates 100 Years of EMD® Brand

Premier Provider of Locomotives since 1922

August 16, 2022

DEERFIELD, IL – Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the EMD® brand, which has been transforming the rail industry since 1922. Originally founded as the Electro-Motive Engineering Corporation, EMD is currently a product brand of Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company.

“EMD has a proud 100-year legacy of providing rail customers with proven technology and innovation,” said Marty Haycraft, senior vice president of Caterpillar and president and CEO of Progress Rail. “We’ll continue to develop new ways to deliver premier locomotives to our customers, and we look forward to another century of helping our customers build a better, more sustainable world.”

The first EMD locomotive was manufactured as a gas-electric locomotive railcar with 150 horsepower. Less than a decade later, the company started manufacturing diesel-powered locomotives, which cut travel times considerably and soon replaced steam locomotives.

During World War II, EMD manufactured engines for the U.S. Navy, and after the war, continued to manufacture locomotives for some of the nation’s largest railroads. In 2010, EMD was purchased by Progress Rail, allowing the brand to leverage global expertise and partnerships through Caterpillar.

Today, EMD has delivered more than 75,000 locomotives around the world, with single engine power ratings as high as 6,000 horsepower. The company also provides engines for the marine, drilling and power generation industries.

Progress Rail is continuing EMD’s legacy of advancing innovation in the rail industry by investing in new technologies. In 2021 Caterpillar announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BNSF and Chevron to pursue a locomotive powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Progress Rail has also received multiple orders for its battery electric EMD® Joule locomotive, including orders by FMG and BHP for mining operations. In addition, many EMD locomotives are also capable of using up to 20% biodiesel blends.

More information about EMD and how the public can celebrate its legacy is available at

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About Caterpillar

With 2021 sales and revenues of $51.0 billion, Caterpillar Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been helping customers build a better, more sustainable world and are committed and contributing to a reduced-carbon future. Our innovative products and services, backed by our global dealer network, provide exceptional value that helps customers succeed. Caterpillar does business on every continent, principally operating through three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and providing financing and related services through our Financial Products segment. Visit us at or join the conversation on our social media channels.

About Progress Rail

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, is one of the largest integrated and diversified providers of rolling stock and infrastructure solutions and technologies for global rail customers. Progress Rail delivers advanced EMD locomotives and engines, 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. The company also offers advanced rail technologies, including data acquisition and asset protection equipment. Progress Rail’s deep industry expertise, together with the support of Caterpillar, ensures a commitment to quality through innovative solutions for the rail industry. Progress Rail has a network of nearly 200 locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Australia, China, India, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit and follow @Progress_Rail on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.


Caterpillar contact:

Clint W. Sabin

Global Government & Corporate Affairs