ALL operates the largest independent general cargo railway in South America with a fleet of more than 1,000 locomotives and 21,000 km of railways connecting Brazil and Argentina.
“GE welcomes ALL as a new customer in South America. This agreement is another milestone validating GE's investment in market-leading AC heavy-haul, diesel-electric locomotive technology and the performance value it provides our customers,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of GE Transportation.
The Model AC44i locomotives are powered by diesel engines supplied by GE Transportation’s manufacturing plant in Grove City, Pennsylvania, USA. The locomotives feature GE’s unique AC individual-axle traction-control technology that enables the Model AC44i to haul heavier loads by significantly reducing slippage on start-ups, inclines and suboptimal track conditions. Model AC44i locomotives also are equipped with dynamic braking in addition to air brakes to provide smoother handling when hauling heavier loads.
"We look forward to the increased performance advantage these new AC locomotives will provide,” said Gabriel Martelli, ALL´s Superintendent of Mechanical. "The delivery of these new locomotives will be key to our continued railroad infrastructure development and economic growth."
“The Model AC44i locomotives will be built by GE Transportation South America, GE Transportation’s affiliate facility located in Contagem, Brazil. They are scheduled for delivery later this year,” said Guilherme Segalla de Mello, President and CEO of GE Transportation South America. Mello added, “ GE Transportation South America has built diesel electric locomotives including AC44, Dash 9 and the C Series in Brazil since 1967, and has produced more than 1,000 locomotives that are operating in more than 15 countries around the world.”
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About GE Transportation
Established more than 100 years ago, GE Transportation (getransportation.com), a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is a global technology leader and supplier to the railroad, marine, drilling, and mining and wind industries. GE Transportation provides freight and passenger locomotives, signaling and communications systems, information technology solutions, marine engines, motorized drive systems for mining trucks and drills, high-quality replacement parts and value added services. GE Transportation is headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, and employs approximately 10,000 employees worldwide.
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