Progress Rail and Bangladesh Railways Sign Agreement

Progress Rail and Bangladesh Railways Sign Contract for 40 State-of-the-Art EMD® GT Series Locomotives

February 5, 2019                                                                                                  

Albertville, Ala. UNITED STATES and Dhaka, BANGLADESH – Progress Rail, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., has signed a contract with Bangladesh Railways to supply 40 EMD® GT42ACL broad gauge locomotives, equipped with the latest locomotive technology. These will be the first broad gauge locomotives the company has supplied to Bangladesh. 

Rated at 3,250 braking horsepower with microprocessor control and AC/AC traction, these locomotives will provide significant fuel efficiency advantages, lower emissions, the latest safety features, as well as notable haulage capacity and reliability.

“Progress Rail, through our historic EMD® brand, delivered our first meter gauge locomotive to Bangladesh Railways in 1953,” stated Progress Rail Chief Executive Officer Billy Ainsworth. “Since then, we have supplied more than 150 meter gauge locomotives both directly and through partners to the region. We are honored to be chosen again by the railway to assist in the future growth and development of Bangladesh, this time with an important focus on the broad gauge rail network.”

 “The 40 broad gauge locomotives will be critical to the growth and improved efficiency of Bangladesh Railways,” Additional Director General, Rolling Stock of Bangladesh Railway Md Shamsuzzaman stated. “Progress Rail has supplied locomotives to Bangladesh Railways for over 60 years and we look forward to working with Progress Rail on the delivery of these 40 state-of-the-art locomotives.”

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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