Progress Rail Signs Contract With Canadian Pacific For 30 Modernised Locomotives

Marty Haycraft, Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer

Progress Rail, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., recently announced it has been chosen by Canadian Pacific to supply an order of 30 upgraded EMD SD70ACU locomotives – otherwise known as modernised versions of SD90MAC models.  Once fully remanufactured these freight locomotives will primarily serve in heavy haul applications.

“Our customers operate all over the world, and have varying needs based upon their regional performance requirements. Fleet modernisation provides the railroads with the opportunity to upgrade their locomotives with today’s technology to continue going the distance,” said Progress Rail’s Executive Vice President of Rolling Stock, Marty Haycraft.

“We are pleased Canadian Pacific chose to modernise their fleet with our EMD SD70ACU locomotives, which are known for their proven technology, overall cost effectiveness and ability to serve as a sustainable product operating on the mainline,” he added.

Progress Rail will modernise the 30 units at its Mayfield, Kentucky, and Muncie, Indiana, locomotive facilities. The fleet will receive all new traction control systems, and new cabs adhering to the latest crashworthy standards.  All major components, including the existing EMD 710 engine, will be remanufactured for optimal performance and reliability. The upgraded locomotives will be delivered to Canadian Pacific in 2019.

An EMD710 diesel-electric engine. Progress Rail will supply 30 upgraded EMD SD70ACU locomotives powered by the engines to Canadian Pacific.

Once fully re-manufactured, these freight locomotives will primarily serve in heavy haul applications. The EMD SD70ACU is a 6-axle, 4300-4500 hp diesel-electric model powered with a 16 cylinder EMD710 series engine. Progress Rail will modernize the 30 units at its Mayfield, Kentucky, and Muncie, Indiana, locomotive facilities. The fleet will receive all new traction control systems, and new cabs adhering to the latest crash-worthy standards.  All major components, including the existing EMD 710 engine, will be re-manufactured for optimal performance and reliability, the company said. The upgraded locomotives will be delivered to Canadian Pacific in 2019.

The EMD 710 series engine is available in 8-, 12-, 16- and 20-cylinder configurations with continuous power ratings from 2000 to 5000 hp.

“Our customers operate all over the world and have varying needs based upon their regional performance requirements. Fleet modernization provides the railroads with the opportunity to upgrade their locomotives with today’s technology to continue going the distance,” said Progress Rail’s Executive Vice President of Rolling Stock, Marty Haycraft. “We are pleased Canadian Pacific chose to modernize their fleet with our EMD SD70ACU locomotives, which are known for their proven technology, overall cost effectiveness and ability to serve as a sustainable product operating on the mainline.”

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