Dateline: LaGrange, Illinois
January 5, 2009 - Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD) is pleased to announce the latest version of its Class 66 locomotive has achieved homologation in France. It is very noteworthy that the locomotive, thanks to the outstanding driving capabilities of its radial steering bogie, achieved homologation for tracks down to Demoux Group 2. Such permission is usually granted only to much lighter locomotives. This offers railway operators excellent operational capabilities because it allows them to perform one-stop jobs even on secondary lines while also permitting operations on the more main lines.
EMD is now delivering the homologated locomotives as part of a 60-unit order from the French railway operator Euro Cargo Rail. Euro Cargo Rail will use its new Class 66 locomotives for cross-border operations between France, Belgium and Germany. The locomotives are equipped with the required safety systems and radios for all three countries and provide automatic switching from one country to the other when crossing borders. This enables Euro Cargo Rail to perform seamless international freight operations.
According to Albert Enste EMD’s Vice President and General Manager of International Business, "The achievement of homologation in France is another important step forward in building on the many previous homologations for the Class 66 locomotive." John S. Hamilton, EMD’s President and CEO added, “EMD is extremely pleased to have received multi-country cross-border homologation for this order. As the homologation processes in Europe evolve and become more complicated, we at EMD are proud of our continued demonstrated ability to achieve these homologations in configurations that bring real value to our customers like Euro Cargo Rail.”
European railways continue to take advantage of proven locomotive technology of the EMD Class 66. Introduced in 1998 in the UK, the Class 66 has been continually updated for improved fuel efficiency, exhaust emissions, crew comfort and noise. The Class 66 complies with TSI Noise and also conforms to EU Stage IIIA exhaust emissions levels while at the same time providing excellent fuel efficiency. Diesel-electric locomotives like the Class 66 provide more flexibility than electric locomotives as they can operate on both electrified and non-electrified rail lines.
EMD’s Class 66 locomotives are famous throughout Europe for their unrivalled flexibility, reliability and cross-border capability. They currently operate in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, and Poland. Also homologated for use in Romania and Denmark, the certification for the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic for the Class 66 is currently underway. With over 650 Class 66 locomotives on order or in service, customers can be sure of receiving a proven product with high reliability and availability. EMD has vastly improved its ability to provide post-delivery products and services to European customers with quick spare parts delivery accompanied by a wealth of technical support from EMD’s subsidiary in Europe, Electro-Motive Services International (EMSI).
Founded in 1922, Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. is one of two U.S. original equipment manufacturers of diesel-electric locomotives. Headquartered in LaGrange, Illinois, with additional facilities and associates around the world, EMD designs, manufactures and sells diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad applications and has sold its products in more than 70 countries worldwide. The Company is the only diesel-electric locomotive manufacturer to have produced more than 70,000 engines and has the largest installed base of diesel-electric locomotives in both North America and internationally. In addition to its locomotive manufacturing activities, EMD has an extensive aftermarket business offering customers replacement parts and a range of value-added services for its locomotives. The Company is also a global provider of diesel engines for marine propulsion, offshore and land-based oil well drilling rigs, and stationary power generation.
Additional information may be found at www.EMDiesels.com.