April 1, 2015--LaGrange, Illinois, and Mexico City, Mexico— Ferromex has announced the delivery of the first 10 of 19 Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) SD70ACe locomotives, adding to its fleet for a total of 116 EMD SD70ACe locomotives.
The railroad selected EMD to supply its new locomotives based on the demonstrated performance and fuel efficiency of the SD70ACe. The latest locomotives will be placed into service by June 2015. Ferromex took delivery of 82 new SD70ACe locomotives in 2011 under two separate orders and 15 locomotives in 2006.
Brian Edwards, Progress Rail and EMD Vice President of Sales and Locomotive Service Operations, said, “We are very proud to report the delivery of an additional 10 EMD SD70ACe locomotives to Ferromex, a customer we greatly value. These EMD SD70ACe locomotives will deliver the same high quality and exceptional results that Ferromex has enjoyed from the previously delivered fleets, via reliability performance and fuel efficiency. Our locomotive performance allows Ferromex to realize operational cost reductions. These cost reductions provide Ferromex with funding to continue their committed investment in and strong support of Mexico’s infrastructure. We are excited to be a part of this transformation and look forward to supporting and growing our Ferromex relationship.”
"We are very pleased to receive the first 10 EMD locomotives and add this equipment to our fleet of 97 SD70ACe's. EMD has helped us improve our fuel consumption, and their reliability has allowed us to operate more efficiently and effectively. We also appreciate EMD's efforts to strengthen our commercial relationship and look forward to further cost and efficiency improvements in the near future," added Rogelio Vélez, CEO of Ferromex.
EMD introduced the 4,300 traction horsepower SD70ACe locomotive in 2005 for freight applications in North America and worldwide. These locomotives also feature radial trucks, distributed power and the EMD Q-cab for increased operator comfort and safety.
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Ferromex, formed by Grupo Mexico and Union Pacific, began operating in February of 1998. The company has invested over $5 billion in locomotives, infrastructure, freight cars, technology and intermodal and automotive terminals over the last 16 years. With more than 8,000 kilometers of track, Ferromex represents the largest coverage in the Mexican Railway System. It connects the main cities in the country as well as five points on the border with the United States, four sea ports on the Pacific Ocean and two more on the Gulf of Mexico. Additional information may be found at www.ferromex.com.mx.
About Progress Rail Services Corporation and Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.
Progress Rail Services Corporation (Progress Rail), a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is a leading supplier of remanufactured locomotive and railcar products and services to the railroad industry, operating one of the most extensive rail service and supply networks in North America. More than 8,000 employees serve customers in a network of more than 165 locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. Progress Rail is headquartered in Albertville, Ala.
Through the acquisition of Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD), Progress Rail has expanded its network of global locations, furthering a commitment to providing industry-leading products and services. Founded in 1922, Electro-Motive Diesel is an original equipment manufacturer of diesel-electric locomotives. EMD designs, manufactures and sells diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad applications and is a global provider of diesel engines for marine propulsion, offshore and land-based oil well drilling rigs and stationary power generation. The company is the only diesel-electric locomotive manufacturer to have produced more than 72,500 engines and has the largest installed base in both North America and worldwide. EMD also has an extensive aftermarket business offering replacement parts, maintenance solutions and a range of value-added services.
For more information, visit www.progressrail.com.
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