PT KAI Procures 54 EMD® Locomotives for Freight Transport in Indonesia From Progress Rail

February 15, 2024

ALBERTVILLE, Alabama – Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, has signed a contract with PT Kereta Indonesia (PT KAI) for 54 EMD® GT38AC freight locomotives for transportation in South Sumatra, Indonesia, expanding the public railway’s existing fleet.

"This collaboration between KAI and Progress Rail is one of our innovations to advance railways in Indonesia,” said KAI President Director Didiek Hartantyo. “With the addition of a fleet that has the latest technology, it is expected that KAI can increase its contribution to the need for reliable and environmentally friendly transportation of goods."

The new EMD locomotives join their fleet of 91 GT38AC locomotives delivered to PT KAI since 2011. The high tractive effort capability of these AC propulsion locomotives provides significant operational savings and greenhouse gas reductions for the railway’s operations on the Sumatra Island.

“We are excited for this opportunity to once again work with PT KAI to deliver our GT series locomotives, which have demonstrated strong performance, reliability and efficiency,” commented Progress Rail Executive Vice President of Locomotive Jack Zhang. “We are committed to continuing our support of PT KAI with broad solutions to help them achieve their operational and emissions reduction targets and contribute to the country’s economic growth.”

The GT38AC is specifically designed for the unique environments in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and has reliably operated with biodiesel blends up to B35 in Indonesia. Features include a proven eight-cylinder EMD 710 engine and durable AC traction, along with the operator cab and car body designed for improved visibility.

Progress Rail anticipates delivery of the locomotives beginning in 2025.


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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.

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