Electro Motive Diesel Inc.


EMDI Summary of Deliveries

Edited by Don McQueen


On January 6th Paul F. Zuzich caught Norfolk Southern train #64 I (a Birmingham, AL - Chattanooga, TN train) is seen near Chattanooga, Tennessee  with EMD SD70ACe Demonstrator 2012, and new NS SD70ACe 1061. The train has just emerged from a tunnel through Lookout Mountain, with Signal Mountain in the background


The last NS SD70ACe’s to be released from EMD London were sent to LDS  (Lambton Diesel Services) in Sarnia, ON for completion, and have now all been sent to the NS on CN train 385. Chris van der Heide submitted these shots taken at the CN yard in Sarnia ON in December. 28th, CN 385 (with CN 5793, 2580) departed Sarnia with a pair of new SD70ACe locomotives (NS 1060, 1064) trailing the power. CN 385 operates from Mac Yard to Toledo. And Interchanged with NS at Air Line Jct.  Earlier on November 5th Chris clicked CN 385 (with CN 2579, IC 2707) delivering NS SD70ACe 1034, 1033, 1030, 1032. 




Stephen C. Host  got a nice close up of Norfolk Southern SD70ACe #1060, fresh from the Electro Motive Assembly plant in London, Ontario, sitting at LDS (Lambton Diesel Services) in Sarnia, ON  awaiting completion on December 26th.

On December 24th brand new 5000HP Vale SD80ACe C322-4E and C322-5E for Brazil from an order for seven built at EMD London ON stored on the GEXR in Stratford, ON.  (B.J. Douglas photo) 

EMD Inc. Lockout 2012

When their current contract expired on December 31, 2010 EMD Inc, and its employees (represented by the Canadian Auto Workers) went head to head in a major labour dispute.   After negotiation, on December 27, the CAW rejected the new pact and authorized a strike, but instructed its members to report to work anyway. EMD Inc quickly stopped production, and then instituted a lockout of the CAW, erecting a fence around the plant perimeter. EMD then moved most incomplete locomotives off their property, some into storage at Stratford, and others to contract locomotives shops for completion.

EMD Inc has offered the union a 55% pay cut and benefits, quoting a salary of  $16.50/hr. The company later changed the offer to include a five-tier pay scale ranging from $16.50 to $34.00 an hour. The company also terminated the benefit pension plan, replacing it with an employee-funded retirement savings plan.  Another thorn in this dispute is the London Plant may not survive against a new American EMD plant at Muncie, IN, now staffed with non-unionized employees. 

EMD Inc is a subsidiary of Progress Rail Services of Albertville, Alabama, which purchased the company in August 2010. Progress is a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.

On January 8th, Aivo Merimets clicked these shots of the stored EMDX SD80ACe’s for Brazil getting inspected at Stratford, ON.  

EMD-built Ferromex SD70ACe FXE 4033 was delivered to Mexico in back in the first half of 2011, however Kris E. Rumbut caught 4033 on the CSX at Monon, IN repaying Horse Power-Hours to BNSF on January 15th.   The Monon Route is a CSX line between Chicago Barr Yard through Lafayette to Indianapolis Avon Yard.  Interestingly, It was the last or second to last mainline in the US to have operating semaphores. They took the last ones down last winter. Heritage is MON to L&N to SBD and then to CSX.

On January 20th Geoff Williams shot EMDX 104 SD80ACe at London East before getting picked up by CN 434.

EMDI Deliveries Summary during December 2011

During the month of December, an undetermined number of new NS units in the 1050 to 1099-series were shipped from London before the holiday shutdown and subsequent work stoppage. NS 1050, 1054, and 1058 to 1064 were sighted in December, and the last six were being finished at Lambton Diesel Service in Sarnia before being exported. NS 1060 and 1064 were photographed at LDS over the Christmas holiday with EMDI employees on site, ‘finishing’ the locomotives by Dec.27, 2011. NS 1064 and 1060 went under the St.Clair River on CN #385 on Dec.28, 2011.

Also moved from the plant was the entire seven-unit SD80ACe order for Vale Mining in Brazil which will become Vale 101-107. The first two in order 20098322, 101 & 103 (as C322-1E and 3E) arrived in road primer and without trucks in GEXR Stratford on Dec.17, 2011 on KRL 8-axle flats 70933 and 70946. Then on Dec.18, 2011 no.102 (as C322-2E) and 106 (as C322-6E) on KRL 70987 & 70941(?) arrived in CN’s MacMillan Yard on Dec 20, 2011.


On Dec 22, 2011, three more units were moved from the plant. Included in this move were primer-coated 104 as C322-4E (frame stamped -004 and anti-climber chalked C322-4, but nose marked 5E) and 105 as C322-5E (frame stamped -005 and anti-climber chalked C322-5, but nose marked 4E) on their own trucks. But the third unit, 107 as C322-7E, was mounted truck-less on KRL flat 70989. All three remained in the GEXR Stratford yard on Dec.23, 2011, but after Christmas 107 was moved to CN’s MacMillan Yard and early in the new year to CRCR Mimico. At press time, both 104 & 105 have remained at Stratford and have received work from non-union labour from the US and by January 9, 2012, were renumbered to EMDX 104 & 105.

On Dec.22, 2011 102 & 106, and on Dec, 23, 101 & 103 (see cover) had arrived at Canadian Rail Collision & Refurbish Inc. for painting. CRCR uses the south bays of VIA's TMC building in Mimico.  Total weight including the KRL flats is 443,143 lbs for each unit.

Still sighted at the plant in blue and silver were the first of the 23 SD70ACes (EMDX 2110-2114) for the Progress Rail lease fleet in order 20116528, including three painted (but still not numbered) in KCS red, yellow & black Retro-Belle scheme.

Announced GE and EMD  Locomotive Orders

(By Sean Graham White and Don McQueen)

- BHP SD70ACe 4374-4390

- CP ES44AC 9350-9379

- Etihad Rail (UAE) SD70ACS  (7 units)

- Freightliner (UK) PH37ACmi (unknown QTY for 2012)

- NS SD70ACe 1065-1089?  (NS 1050-1064 pulled ahead from 2012)

- Rio Tinto (Australia) ES44DCi 8175-8186

- SNIM (Mauritania) SD70AC CC122-CC128

- Sounder MP40PH-3C (3 units)

- UP ES44AC  (QTY unknown)

- UP SD70ACe 8711-8784

- Vale (Brazil) SD80ACe 101-107

Besides the 73 EMD SD70ACe 8711-8784, Union Pacific also has orders for 127 GE C45ACCTE (ES44AC) 7925-8051 and seven Railpower RP20SD’s UPY887-893 (887 was delivered in December).  UP is also renumbering their SD9043ACs currently occupying 8000-8051, to UP 3470-3543. EMD are looking to build a B1-1B trucked version of the SD70ACe for BNSF.

The BHP Billiton order for SD7OACe’s are 4374 to 4402 - this in Australian Motive Power magazine issue number 78- 2011.  These are two separate SD70ACe/LCi orders: 4374-4390 will be delivered mid-Spring 4391-4402 are expected to be delivered mid-Fall.

As well, an FMG order for SD70ACe/LCi as well; Nos 701-708 are to be produced right after the first BHP batch.

CADRAIL / RB Recycling

The VIA F40PH-2’s at CAD Railway Services for rebuild as of January 7th  and listed in their expected  release order are:

 VIA 6446, 6428, 6413, 6421, 6445 (Coors Lite), 6420, 6424, 6414 (the  “Turd”)    

Currently, there are only seven VIA F40PH-2’s left “in service” the old paint scheme.  The numbers are 6408, 6415, 6427, 6435,  6440,  6451, and 6453.

CEFX GP38-3 6537 released last month from CAD, has now arrived at destination via CN and then UP, to an industry in Norma, WI.  Chris Wilson caught the former SP GP35E in transit at CN-Mac Yard in December.

White painted SOO SD60 6029 and red SOO siblings 6043, 6045 and 6054 had all arrived at Cadrail in Lachine, QC, by January 9th joining  SOO SD60 6042 already being rebuilt inside.  Three days later, Cadrail released CP 6260, the very first ex-SOO SD60M to wear CP paint.

Francois Jolin caught CP SD60M 6260 on her first assignment at Port Henry, NY January 15th.  Following release from Cadrail overhaul, CP 6260 leads CITX 2794, CP 6017 and CP 5957 to Saratoga N.Y on D&H #252 along the frozen shores of Lake Champlain on the CP Canadian Main Sub.


Industrial Rail Services Inc. (IRSI)

VIA RDC1’s 6135 and 6148 are both on hand at Sudbury, ON, (after being moved from Vancouver Island, BC). These RDC’s are standby for VIA trains 185 and 186.

During mid-December, rebuilt VIA Budd 6251 was being tested in Moncton, NB.

Two clips showing a pair of rebuilt IRSI RDC's,  both currently in Moncton awaiting to be released from Industrial Rail services:

On January 14th IRSI test run rebuilt RDC #6250, at Moncton NB. Notice one end of each RDC is blanked over, while other end is the control end.  With more RDC's due to be rebuilt, this was the 2nd VIA RDC to be rebuilt:


Previously in Oct 2011 IRSI rebuilt RDC #6251, was test run.


© CRO February 2012