GE Transportation announces new locomotive order with Iowa Interstate Railroad
The new locomotives will be produced in early 2020 and used to transport grains, ethanol and metals across Iowa Interstate’s network between Chicago and Omaha.
Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd. (IAIS) – a wholly owned subsidiary of RDC Domestic Holdings Corporation – has announced that it will acquire three new Evolution Series locomotives from GE Transportation.
IAIS President and CEO, Joe Parsons, said: “For over a decade, IAIS has invested heavily in infrastructure to support our customers and increase safety. The purchase of these locomotives will help us remain competitive and poised for the growth we are currently experiencing.”
“Our technology solutions are driving improved productivity and reliability to IAIS’s fleet and helping customers move freight more efficiently,” said Yuvbir Singh, GE Transportation’s Vice President of Equipment.
The agreement also includes equipping these new locomotives with GE Transportation’s GoLINC Platform, Trip Optimizer System and Distributed Power LOCOTROL to maximise train effectiveness and efficiency. These solutions are part of GE Transportation’s Train Performance product suite, which optimises power distribution, train handling, brake control and fuel utilisation. These digital offerings will be installed on IAIS’s existing Evolution Series installed fleet of 17 locomotives.
“We are proud to partner again with GE Transportation,” said Parsons. “These locomotives and their digital technology will allow us to provide safe, quality transportation services in a way that enables our customers and our company to succeed.”
The GE Evolution Series locomotive meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stringent emission standards without the use of any aftertreatment, enabling railroads to gain significant savings through infrastructure cost avoidance and reduced operational costs.