Norfolk Southern ET44ACs on the way

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Norfolk Southern will become the fifth Class I railroad to receive Tier 4 freight locomotives with the arrival of the first ET44ACs from General Electric this spring. The 47-unit order is the first new power for the company since the strengthened emission regulations took effect last year.
The locomotives are being produced at General Electric’s Fort Worth facility, with the first ET44AC, NS No. 3600, shipping from GE’s plant to Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio in May for testing prior to delivery. As of mid-May, over a dozen locomotives have been completed. Road numbers for the new locomotives are Nos. 3600-3646.

Also on order are three ‘credit’ locomotives, ES44AC (T4C) from General Electric. These locomotives are essentially pre-2015, Tier 3 locomotives that are allowed under current government regulations by having the builder apply emission credits already banked toward the locomotives. The credits were earned by applying energy-saving design technologies to locomotives already built and in operation. Road numbers for the credit units will be Nos. 8166-8168. Those units will be built in Erie, Pa.

Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern are now the only Class I railroads that have not purchased Tier 4 freight locomotives.

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