UP is accepting production SD70ACe-T4s again

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Union Pacific SD70ACe-T4s Nos. 3016 and 3027 haul CWKBT9-14 through Stanwood, Iowa, on April 15. SD70ACe-T4 No. 3019 was on the rear in distributed power mode.
Craig Williams
CHICAGO — Union Pacific began accepting their SD70ACe-T4 s from Progress Rail for a second time this month. Delivery of the order to Union Pacific began initially in January when UP Nos. 3012 and 3014 were accepted and placed in service at Ft. Worth, Texas. Soon after, issues with the two forced Union Pacific to sideline them and reject a large group of new SD70ACe-T4s enroute to Union Pacific for setup and service.

The rejected locomotives were routed to either Progress Rail’s Muncie, Ind., plant or Union Pacific’s Proviso Yard for storage until the issues were resolved, while Nos. 3012 and 3014 were stored on Union Pacific in California temporarily.

During the next several months, Progress Rail and Union Pacific used Nos. 3012 and 3014 to work out the bugs on the new locomotives, with both testing in various assignments and locations on the west end of Union Pacific’s system.

Last month, with issues close to being resolved, the parked SD70ACe-T4s at Proviso began shipping to Progress in Muncie for modifications prior to being placed in service by Union Pacific.

The first eight arrived back at Proviso from Muncie on April 5, ready to be placed in service. Road numbers for the eight were UP Nos. 3015, 3016, 3019, 3020, 3022, 3023, 3025, and 3027. Union Pacific assigned Nos. 3016, 3019 and 3027 to coal empty CWKBT9-14 on April 14, to take the train west for loading in the Powder River Basin.

All new SD70ACe-T4s with the exception of Nos. 3012 and 3014 are being assigned to coal service as they are placed in service.

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