Posts Tagged ‘EMD’

Fabled EMD LaGrange Plant Facing Closure

February 6, 2018

Another Midwest locomotive factory may be about to build its last unit.

Progress Rail Services is considering closing the famed Electro Motive Diesel plant in LaGrange, Illinois, and shifting its work to a factory in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Some production of engine and locomotive components could be switched to outside suppliers.

“Progress Rail routinely reviews its strategic footprint and, as a result, is evaluating how to use its existing manufacturing space as efficiently as possible to remain a competitive supplier to the rail industry,” said Progress Rail owner Caterpillar in a statement.

Caterpillar has been undertaking a global restructuring that has reduced employment at its many factories.

EMD has a locomotive assembly plant in Muncie, Indiana, and facilities in Brazil and Mexico.

The EMD business traces its history to the 1922 founding in Cleveland by Harold Hamilton and Paul Turner of Electro-Motive Engineering Corporation

It was later renamed Electro-Motive Company and opened a plant in McCook, Illinois.

However, the factory’s mailing address was LaGrange and for decades the facility has been known as “LaGrange.”

It was there that bulldog-nose F series locomotives were created along with other notable locomotive models.

General Motors bought EMC in 1941 and renamed it the Electro-Motive Division of GM.

It was sold to Greenbriar Equity and Berkshire Partners in 2005 and acquired by Progress Rail in 2010.

Last year  General Electric announced plans to shift locomotive assembling from its plant in Lawrence Park, Pennsylvania, near Erie to a newer facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

GE has since said it is seeking to sell its transportation division.

Caterpillar has not said when the LaGrange plant might be closed.

CSX Testing EMD Demos in West Virginia

September 13, 2016

CSX is testing two EMD Tier-4 compliant locomotives on trains operating over its Mountain Subdivision between Grafton, West Virginia, and Cumberland, Maryland.

CSX logo 1EMDX SD70ACe-T4s Nos. 1609 and 1610 had been operating between Cincinnati and Nashville, Tennessee, since June.

Trains magazine reported that the demonstrators traveled from Cincinnati to Cumberland this past weekend.

Nos. 1609 and 1610 are expected to be assigned to trains Q316 and Q317 between Queensgate Yard in Cincinnati and Cumberland.

Progress Rail to Change Names of Subsidiaries

September 1, 2016

Progress Rail plans to cease using the Electro-Motive Diesel name for all of its divisions.

Progress RailHowever, the change does not affect affect locomotive and engine branding which will continue to be described as EMD products and the EMD logo will continue to be placed on locomotives and diesel engines that Progress Rail manufactures and sells.

Progress Rail will apply its name to three subsidiaries that it owns, including Electro-Motive Diesel Inc., Electro-Motive Canada Company and Electro-Motive Diesel International Corporation.

There will be no changes in the management structure of the three subsidiaries affected by the name changes.

A letter that Progress sent to constituencies said the purpose of the name changes is to create a one company and one team strategy.

The changes are effective  on Sept. 1

NS Testing First Pair of SD70ACU Locomotives

February 11, 2016

The first SD70ACU locomotives rebuilt by Norfolk Southern are being tested by EMD in Muncie, Indiana.

The units, Nos. 7248 and 7283, are former Union Pacific SD90MACs, that were rebuilt at the NS Altoona, Pennsylvania, shops.

No. 7319 was painted in Altoona this week and has not yet been released.

NS logo 2Each locomotive received an electrical upgrade that involved replacing the existing Siemens equipment with parts made by Mitsubishi. An isolated SD70ACe cab replaced the existing cab.

Although work in the program continues in Altoona, NS plans to have EMD rebuild ex-UP Nos. 7262, 7267, 7280, and 7295.

The rebuilding program began last year and is designed to rebuild older locomotives. NS acquired 100 ex-UP SDP90MACS from EMD.

The rebuilt SD70ACUs will have nearly the same mechanical specification as EMDs SD70ACes.

Siemens Wins Passenger Locomotive Contract

March 20, 2014

Despite protests from EMD, Siemens has won a $225 million contract to build 32 diesel passenger locomotives for a multi-state procurement being led by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The Illinois agency represented departments of transportation from California, Michigan, Washington and Missouri.

Simens will build the 32 locomotives, with an option for 225 additional locomotives, in Sacramento, Calif.

The Tier 4-compliant locomotives are based on Siemens’ Vectron platform already in use in Europe. They will be powered by 4,400 hp Cummins QSK95 prime movers.

EMD, which is headquartered in Illinois, said it has filed formal complaints with the Illinois Procurement Policy Board as well as the Chancery Court in Cook County, Reuters reports.

EMD believe that the IDOT “unfairly evaluated and scored offers and improperly relaxed the specified performance requirements when making its selection,” the report says.
A previous protest filed with IDOT in February was denied.