Tunisian National Railways agrees for $US 73m Loan for 20 series GT42AC Locomotives ordered from Progress Rail

TUNISIAN National Railways (SNCFT) signed a Dinars 167m ($US 73m) loan agreement with Tunisia’s Attijari Bank on February 20 to finance 20 series GT42AC locomotives ordered from Progress Rail last December.

Attijari Bank will provide Dinars 80m towards the cost of the locomotives, with the remainder coming from a consortium of Attijari, International Union Bank (UIB), the Arab Tunisian Bank, Bank of Tunisia, and the Tunisian Banking Corporation (STB).

Deliveries will take place between September and December 2018 and the locomotives will be used to haul phosphate trains.

Progress Rail tests remanufactured Tier 4 shunting loco; completes Emissions Testing

Progress Rail has completed initial testing of a EMD24B locomotive produced from remanufactured components, and has begun the process of obtaining Tier 4 emissions certification. The 2000 hp locomotive will also undergo 3 000 h of in-service testing with Anacostia Rail Holdings’ Pacific Harbor Line, which operates at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in USA.

The EMD24B is based on the underframe and cab of a pre-1973 GP-40 locomotive, with remanufactured ‘EMD-style’ components and a Caterpillar 3512C HD engine with aftertreatment.

The  EMD24B project involved various teams within the company, including Progress Rail’s repower engineering team, the company’s site at Patterson in Georgia and Brazilian subsidiary Zeit which provided the control system.

‘We are eager to test the EMD24B locomotive, which employs the latest technology and represents a very important step toward meeting the stringent clean-air standards of the California Air Resources Board and the EPA’, said Pacific Harbor Line, Inc President Otis Cliatt II on February 22. ‘PHL will offer a challenging range of speed, direction and tonnage associated with a busy terminal.’

‘In 2010, PHL took part in one of our largest repower projects to date by modernising an existing locomotive fleet with cleaner burning engines’, said Progress Rail’s Chief Executive Officer and Caterpillar Senior Vice-President Billy Ainsworth. ‘Today, we’re pleased to continue that legacy of collaborating for cleaner air, through our latest testing efforts for our Tier 4 ready switcher locomotive. The EMD24B demonstrates our commitment to customers through its reliability and sustainability, while emphasising Caterpillar’s broad engine expertise, with a strong focus on lowering emissions, maintaining fuel efficiency and safety.’

Progress Rail has announced it has successfully completed initial emissions testing of its new, repower locomotive — the EMD24B — and has begun the process of certifying the locomotive per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s stringent Tier 4 emissions standards. The EMD24B locomotive will now start the California Air Resources Board’s 3,000-hour in-service verification testing, first with Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. (PHL).

Rated at 2,000 horsepower, the EMD24B comes equipped with a Cat 3512C HD engine and aftertreatment technologies proven to lower emissions. The EMD24B utilizes rebuilt EMD-style locomotive components, and has been constructed with a remanufactured underframe and cab from an existing EMD GP-40 locomotive. This pre-1973 locomotive core, which was originally developed based on “unregulated” emissions standards, has been remanufactured to meet the latest emissions standards, aligning with Caterpillar and Progress Rail’s sustainability values.

“In 2010, PHL took part in one of our largest repower projects to date by modernizing an existing locomotive fleet with cleaner burning engines. Today, we’re pleased to continue that legacy of collaborating for cleaner air, through our latest testing efforts for our Tier 4 ready switcher locomotive,” said Progress Rail’s Chief Executive Officer and Caterpillar Senior Vice President, Billy Ainsworth. “The EMD24B demonstrates our commitment to customers through its reliability and sustainability, while emphasizing Caterpillar’s broad engine expertise, with a strong focus on lowering emissions, maintaining fuel efficiency and safety.”

The design and manufacture of the EMD24B involved various teams within the company; including Progress Rail’s repower engineering team, employees from the company’s Patterson, Georgia facility, and its Brazilian subsidiary, Zeit, which provided the locomotive’s control system.

Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. President Otis Cliatt II said, “PHL is pleased to once again partner with Progress Rail in our ongoing effort to achieve the lowest possible emissions within the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. We are eager to test the EMD24B locomotive, which employs the latest technology and represents a very important step toward meeting the stringent clean-air standards of the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. EPA. The EMD24B’s operation on PHL will offer a challenging range of speed, direction and tonnage associated with a busy terminal.”

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