GE Erie Finishes First Locomotive for India

Broad gauge locomotives being built by GE Transportation at its Erie, Pennsylvania, locomotive assembly plant were shown last week in Erie.

GE has a contract to build over an 11-year period 1,000 of the Evolution Series locomotives to a 1,676-mm gauge for the Indian Railways.

The contract for the locomotives is valued at $2.5 billion. The order includes 700 4,500-horsepower and 300 6,000-hp six-axle locomotives.

The first 100 locomotives will be built in Erie and shipped fully assembled or as kits, while the remaining 900 units will be constructed at a new joint venture production facility at Marhoura in the Indian state of Bihar.

The Indian assembly facility is set to open later this year.

The joint venture between GE and IR also calls for the two to share maintenance of the fleet for a period of 13 years from the start of production.

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