New and New/Used locomotives coming to CN!

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New and New/Used locomotives coming to CN!

Postby Deval » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:13 pm

From a CN press release issued today:

CN to acquire 161 locomotives to handle expected traffic increases, improve operational efficiency

Will help meet growth and customer focused service plans

MONTREAL, March 22, 2012 — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today a major locomotive acquisition program to accommodate anticipated traffic growth and to improve operational efficiency, enabling the railway to better serve its customers.

CN will acquire 65 new high-horsepower locomotives as well as 96 second-hand high-horsepower locomotives that will be upgraded.

Keith Creel, executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said: “CN’s locomotive acquisition program represents a balanced, capital-effective approach to handle expected volume growth over the next two to five years and to meet the locomotive requirements resulting from customer focused service plans.

“The new and used motive power will enhance operational efficiency and reduce fuel consumption by permitting the retirement of older, high-maintenance locomotives and the cascading of less fuel-efficient main-line units into less-demanding yard and local switching operations, while providing additional locomotives to accommodate increased traffic.”

CN will take delivery in 2013-14 of 35 new ES44AC locomotives from GE Transportation (GE), and 30 new SD70ACe locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD). The GE units have 4,400 and the SD70ACe units 4,300 horsepower.

Creel added: “The program includes the acquisition of alternating-current locomotives (AC), which will represent a first for CN. Our current fleet of approximately 1,900 locomotives employs direct-current (DC) traction technology, which has served us well because of the overall favourable grades of our network.

“We will harness the key advantage of AC traction – much higher adhesion or train-pulling ability at low speeds -- in assigning the new AC units to heavy-haul coal service in northern British Columbia and Alberta, where steep grades and sharp rail curvature make heavy demands on our locomotives.”

CN will purchase this year 42 second-hand GE Dash 8-40C locomotives, 11 leased GE Dash 8-40C locomotives, and 43 second-hand EMD SD60 locomotives. The Dash 8 units have 4,000 and the SD60s 3,800 horsepower. These direct-current technology locomotives will be upgraded to CN specifications. The new locomotives CN is purchasing are equipped with distributed power technology (DP), a GE product, which improves train handling and fuel efficiency. The company expects that 50 per cent of its high-horsepower locomotive fleet will have DP by the end of 2013.

DP technology permits remote control of a locomotive or locomotives throughout a train from the lead control unit. DP provides faster, smoother train starts, improved braking and lower pulling forces at the head-end and within a train, contributing significantly to improved safety. With more optimum matching of motive power to train weight, DP locomotives also allow CN to reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

Creel said: “A robust, fuel-efficient locomotive fleet is critical to CN’s plan to take advantage of the traffic growth we expect in the years ahead and to ensure we have the motive-power assets to improve the supply chains of our customers and enhance their competitiveness in domestic and global markets.”

See Forward-Looking Statements on CN’s website for a summary of the key assumptions and risks regarding CN’s 2012 outlook.
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Re: New and New/Used locomotives coming to CN!

Postby CN_Hogger » Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:29 pm

I hear that some of the former Oakway SD60s are hitting the property...numbered in the 5400 series.
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Re: New and New/Used locomotives coming to CN!

Postby Deval » Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:06 am

6 have been repainted and are out running -
CN 5409 in Jackson MS on Q194
CN 5411 in Memphis TN on A431
CN 5412 in Dial IL, unassigned
CN 5421 in Jackson MS on A489
CN 5429 in Jackson MS, unassigned
CN 5433 in Decatur IL on A432
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Re: New and New/Used locomotives coming to CN!

Postby Thunder » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:45 am

Havent run one yet, but we used to beat them on the BN something fierce! I highly doubt they will be in any kind of "good condition"
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Re: New and New/Used locomotives coming to CN!

Postby atsf sp » Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:20 am

Does anyone know what number series the new ES44ACs will be in?
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Re: New and New/Used locomotives coming to CN!

Postby CN Sparky » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:39 pm

atsf sp wrote:Does anyone know what number series the new ES44ACs will be in?


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Re: New and New/Used locomotives coming to CN!

Postby alexandre181 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:14 pm

Somebody knows about the CN SD70ace? And someone knows when will be arrive on CN fleet?(ES44AC and SD70ace)

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