CANADIAN LOCOMOTIVE SHOPS
In a factory the size of 12
football fields in this city, a group of workers at the EMD / Caterpiller plant
in Muncie, IN complete a 200 ton locomotive, "I think this will be the most
efficient locomotive plant in the world," says William "Billy" Ainsworth, the
vivacious director of rail equipment division deCaterpillar Inc. Ainsworth is
under pressure to make that happen quickly. Caterpillar attempts to reach
General Electric Co. (GE) amid a rise in demand in the market for locomotives,
thanks to higher profits have allowed railway companies update their fleets. Any
progress could be a challenge, at least in the short term, since Caterpillar is
closing the plant had been their main locomotive assembly in Ontario, after a
wage dispute. The company is supporting change in its new plant in Muncie, which
opened last year in a former factory of electrical equipment, and other plant
currently under construction in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Bombardier
Inc. of Canada, also assembles engines for Caterpillar in Mexico. Despite the
disruption, says Ainsworth, customers do not suffer delays: "We do not expect to
lose the rhythm." In the same way, GE is underpinning its production by
incorporating a new locomotive plant in Fort Worth, Texas, while maintaining its
main factory in Erie, Pennsylvania. For years, GE handily beat his main rival,
Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), which languished while its owner, General Motors
Co., is distracted by his fall into bankruptcy. Now, EMD is part of Caterpillar,
which bought it in 2010 and injected the financial muscle to take on GE. It is
expected that the railway companies of the United States to increase their
purchase of locomotives before they take effect in 2015 stricter standards
regarding emissions. The transition to new technologies to comply with such
rules "will be chaos," says Brad Wind, executive vice president of Helm
Financial Corp., a firm that rents locomotives the railroad industry. Wind notes
that railroads prefer to buy before the change or wait until the technology is
proven cleaner. Similarly, the rise in oil prices has increased the
competitiveness of rail versus trucks. For heavy loads long distances, railways
can be four to five times more efficient than trucks, says Noel Perry, an
economist with FTR Associates, a transportation consulting Indiana. Albert
Neupaver, CEO of Wabtec Corp., a supplier of railway equipment based in
Pittsburgh, estimates that in 2011 there were 1,100 locomotives in North
America, almost double the previous year. Neupaver production notes that this
year should be about 10% higher. Usually, about one third of the locomotives
produced in U.S. are exported, the executive added. GE and Caterpillar occur
mainly locomotives for freight trains, which are sold for $ 2 million or more,
but both manufacturers are willing to expand in the passenger market, where it
would compete with suppliers such as Siemens AG, Germany, and Bombardier of
Canada . For this year, the railroad operator Union Pacific Corp. plans a
capital expenditure record U.S. $ 3,600 million from $ 3,200 million in 2010.
Much of the investment will go to 200 new locomotives, according to a company
spokesman. Another railway operator, CSX Corp., plans to buy 65 locomotives this
ALL GAUGE 1600MM EMD-built SD70ACeís line up at SETE LAGOAS-MG ( BRAZIL )in May 2013
Saudi Arabia Railway SD70ACe
CAD Railway Services (Lachine, QC) is contracted to overhaul the remaining fleet of SOO SD60ís and four SD60Mís to Tier 0+ compliance, equip them with AESS (Locomotive Automatic Engine Start/Stop) to conserve fuel, and repaint and renumber to CP 6200-series. The entire rebuilt SD60 fleet will receive (PTC) Positive Train Control modifications at the CP St-Luc Diesel Shop.
CP SD60M 6262 (ex-SOO 6062) was released April 29th, 2013
CP SD60 6239 (ex-SOO 6039) was released April 29th, 2013
CP SD60M 6259 (ex-SOO 6059) was released in April 2013
CP SD60M 6258 (ex-SOO 6058) was released in April 2013
CP SD60 6231 (ex-SOO 6031) released January 20th, 2013
CP SD60 6249 (ex-SOO 6049) released December 21st , 2012
CP SD60 6238 (ex-SO 6038) released on December 4th, 2012
CP SD60 6256 (ex-SOO 6056) released November 29, 2012
CP SD60 6246 (ex-SOO 6046) released November 20th, 2012
CP SD60 6230 (ex-SOO 6030) released November 1st, 2012
CP SD60 6236 (ex-SOO 6036) released October 26th, 2012
CP SD60 6221 (ex-SOO 6021) released October 6th, 2012.
CP SD60 6223 (ex-SOO 6023) released September 20th, 2012
CP SD60 6257 (ex-SOO 6057) released August 31st. 2012
CP SD60 6234 (ex-SOO 6034) released August 15th, 2012
CP SD60 6252 (ex-SOO 6052) released July 25th, 2012
CP SD60 6255 (ex-SOO 6055) released June 21st, 2012
CP SD60 6229 (ex-SOO 6029) released June 5th, 2012
CP SD60 6243 (ex-SOO 6043) released April 20th 2012
CP SD60 6254 (ex-SOO 6054) released March 29th 2012
CP SD60 6245 (ex-SOO 6045) released March 6th 2012
CP SD60 6242 (ex-SOO 6042) released March 1st 2012
CP SD60M 6260 (ex-SOO 6060) released January 13th 2012
CP SD60 6228 (ex-SOO 6028) released December 16th 2011
CP SD60 6225 (ex-SOO 6025) released December 1st 2011
CP SD60 6241 (ex-SOO 6041) released November 2011
CP SD60 6240 (ex-SOO 6040) released October 2011
CP SD60 6250 (ex-SOO 6050) released October 2011
SOO SD60 6047 arrived in Montreal January 17th
SOO SD60 6048 arrived in Montreal January 17th
SOO SD60 6022 arrived in Montreal April 26th
SOO SD60 6051 arrived in Montreal in April 19th
The remaining SOO SD60ís were traced in May:
On May 12th, CP SD60M 6262 shows off her new Candy Apple Red uniform at St-Luc Diesel Shop with SOO 6032 behind.
Bob Heathorn missed CP SD60M 6259 on her maiden trip through Smiths Falls on April 16th, but in early May, the former SOO widecab was seen frequently in the area assigned to a railtrain delivering CWR on the Belleville sub.
The following locomotives were noted at CADRAIL in May:
SOO SD60 6022, 6047, 6048, and 6051. (For overhaul and CP repaint)
CP SD60M 6262
CP GP38-2 4514
CP AC4400CW 9700, 9763, 9784, 9771,
CN ES44DC (Number unknown)
CEFX SW1500ís 1560, 1561, 1562, 1564, and 1565
CITX SD9043MAC 119 and 136.
CITX (CEFX) SD40-2 3071, 3082, 3101, 3172 and 3155 (Photographed by Richard Marchi on May 11th)
Earlier in the month two of the EMD switchers (CEFX SW1500 1560 and 1566), arrived dead in tow Montreal CN-Taschereau Yard May 14th, and were photographed by Richard Marchi.
The following locomotives were released from CADRAIL:
CP GP38-2 3027 (repairs).
CP 9725 AC4400CW (repairs)
CP 9750 AC4400CW (repairs)
CP 9751 AC4400CW (repairs)
CP 9772 (AC4400CW (repairs)
CITX SD9043MAC 105 and 136. (repaint)
CEFX AC4400CW 1037 and 1029 (repairs)
CLN INDUSTRIES continues to refurbish the interiors of the two VIA ďParkĒ cars and four ďChateauĒ sleepers . The Budd-built stainless steel cars are: VIA 8206 (Chateau Denonville), 8213 (Chateau Lauzon) and 8709 (Laurentide Park). VIA 8207 (Chateau Dollard), 8226, (Chateau Salaberry), and 8708 (Kootenay Park). CLN and Services Ferroviaires Julien have been contracted to complete the interior refurbishment, but the all the car exterior work will be done at another repair shop.
Units stored on DESX property include: (DESX) SD40-2W 5308, 5310, 5311, 5312, 5313, and SD40-2 5391.
CN 8866 arrived at the facility in March and James Lalande snapped her with the external electrical panel open for her repairs. Reports suggest the Roberval - Saguenay GP38-3 (RS #62) is still at the shop incomplete. Motive power stored at the shop in December included ex-CP SD40-2 NREX 5771 (purchased from CP in 2006) and eleven stored NREX units; (NREX) GP9 208, RS3 307, GMD1m 1141, 1149, GP9 1602, 1684, GMD1 1911, SD40-2 5567, 5619, 5620, 5644, and 5771.
Ex-SW1200RS 1251 was sold to Lambton Diesel Services in Amy. This switcher had been operating at Lake Ontario Steel in Whitby, ON for many years.
LDSX SW1200RS 1359 was renumbered Cando Contracting (CCGX) 1006, and moved in April from Lambton Diesel Services in Windsor, to London over CN, and then continued over CP to Terrace Bay Pulp and Paper company in Terrace Bay, ON where it is now leased.
Former Central Vermont Sw1200 1511 which worked for the Kodak Eastman Company plant for many years, was refurbished, repainted and has been sold to VIP (Vidal Street Industrial Park) of Sarnia to become their very first unit VIPX 1511.
Almost one year ago Lambton Diesel Services (LDSX) purchased CN SW1200RS 1375, IC SW14 1501, and SW1200RSu 7316 from CNís Auction Sale and former GMDD/Caterpillar Shop Switcher EMDX SW1001 #1.
©CRO June 2013