Norfolk Southern orders 100 SD70ACes

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Two Norfolk Sothern SD70M-2s lead train 12R through Sunbury, Pa., on Aug. 4, 2010. NS has placed an order for 100 copies of the SD70M-2’s A.C. brethren, the SD70ACe, its largest yet for A.C. diesels.
Michael S. Murray
NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Railway has ordered 100 SD70ACe locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel. According to NS spokesman Robin Chapman, the units will be delivered at 25 per year starting in the second quarter of next year.

The order is unusual because NS rosters mostly D.C.-traction-equipped diesels; it placed its first order for A.C. diesels in 2008 in the form of 25 General Electric ES44ACs. A.C. locomotives provide superior pulling power at low speeds [see “Locomotive,” TRAINS, May 2010]. They are, however, more expensive than their D.C. brethren, and some roads have been reluctant to buy. Canadian National is the last Class I railroad to roster no A.C. diesels.

Chapman says the new locomotives will work in all types of service railroad-wide.
NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Railway has ordered 100 SD70ACe locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel. According to NS spokesman Robin Chapman, the units will be delivered at 25 per year starting in the second quarter of next year.

The order is unusual because NS rosters mostly D.C.-traction-equipped diesels; it placed its first order for A.C. diesels in 2008 in the form of 25 General Electric ES44ACs. A.C. locomotives provide superior pulling power at low speeds [see “Locomotive,” TRAINS, May 2010]. They are, however, more expensive than their D.C. brethren, and some roads have been reluctant to buy. Canadian National is the last Class I railroad to roster no A.C. diesels.

Chapman says the new locomotives will work in all types of service railroad-wide.
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