Watch for New BNSF, UP Locomotives This Year

Be on the lookout for new locomotives wearing the colors of the two western railroad giants, including some units built in Erie, Pa.

Union Pacific and BNSF began taking delivery this week of new locomotives from General Electric and EMD, Trains magazine reported.

The first BNSF ES44C4s arrived in Chicago on Tuesday from GE’s Erie plant. BNSF is slated to receive 275 new GE locomotives in 2014.

Nos. 8010 and 8012-8017 arrived at CSX’s Barr Yard in the morning and were to be moved to BNSF’s Cicero yard for delivery.

Road numbers for the BNSF locomotives will be 8007-8281. GE will produce ES44C4s for BNSF at its Erie and Ft. Worth, Texas, factories.
Union Pacific’s order for 100 EMD SD70AH locomotives are being built at Bombardier Transportation’s Sahagun, Mexico, plant.

Nos. 8824-8826 were recently released. Road numbers for these UP locomotives will be 8824-8923.

UP’s SD70AH locomotives are a heavier version of previous orders for SD70ACe locomotives from EMD, which use a different model name to differentiate them.

The SD70AH units weigh 427,000 pounds whereas a standard SD70ACes weighs 420,000 pounds.

This will be the UP’s second locomotive of units with added weight. In 2013,  ES44ACs Nos. 8052-8111 arrived weighing 432,000 pounds, 17,000 pounds heavier than a normal ES44AC. Union Pacific refers to the heavy GEs as C45AHs.

BNSF and UP have placed orders from both locomotive builders for 2014 delivery, with BNSF set to receive 100 SD70ACes from EMD and Union Pacific scheduled to receive 60 ES44ACs from General Electric.

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