Erie Plant Has Picked Up Additional Work

It wasn’t that long ago that the General Electric locomotive assembly plant near Erie was in danger of closing it locomotive production lines.

But the facility was acquired a year ago by Wabtec and a report posted this week on the Trains magazine website indicates that business at the 111-year-old plant is picking up.

Work previously done in Boise, Idaho, at the Motive Power Industries plant, now a Wabtec property, has been moved to Erie.

That has included rebuilding of F40PH-2C locomotives used by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority into F40PH-3Cs.

Erie has also picked up the rebuilding of Brookville BL20GH locomotives for Metro-North and the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

That work included replacement of the original prime movers with a Tier 3-compliant QSK50 engine.

Work on the MPI-designed MP54AC locomotive built for commuter rail agencies is also expected to be performed at the Erie plant, which is located in suburban Lawrence Park.

And work is continuing in Erie on GECX 3000, which has been touted as the first all-battery-powered road locomotive.

The unit has been repainted into a Wabtec demonstrator livery and is expected to be tested this fall on BNSF.

Wabtec expects to continue to build foreign export locomotives in Erie with the latest being an order of 100 ES30ACis for Egyptian Railways.

That order is ticketed to be completed this month and shipped during the summer.

Some locomotive modernization work is being done in Erie, including rebuilding of CSX CM44ACs and Ahs.

Wabtec is also doing rebuilding work for Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern but most of that is being done in the former GE locomotive assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas.

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