February 1, 2010, LaGrange, IL
Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. welcomes the recent announcements of stimulus funding for the development of passenger rail transportation systems, beginning with President Obama’s plan introduced last Thursday in Tampa, to distribute $8 billion in high-speed rail grants to thirteen major “travel corridors” across the country. This was followed Saturday with a commitment by Illinois’ Governor Quinn of over $100 million for construction of passenger routes connecting Chicago with Dubuque and the Quad Cities.
“These investments will further the Administration’s goals of facilitating more efficient travel, increasing jobs, reducing emissions, increasing economic competitiveness, and decreasing the U.S. dependence on foreign oil,” said John S. Hamilton, President and CEO of Electro-Motive Diesel. “The rail industry can serve as an engine for growth and innovation in America.”
Electro-Motive has a long history of supplying passenger locomotives, with over 1000 units delivered throughout North America. Today, EMD locomotives are tailored to the current U.S. rail infrastructure, which allows top speeds of 125mph. EMD is continuing to innovate and expand its highly-qualified U.S. workforce and manufacturing base to achieve even higher performance levels.
“Implementing these programs also presents an excellent opportunity to support President Obama’s manufacturing revitalization vision,” said Hamilton. “The U.S. has existing manufacturing capabilities and a skilled labor force which can supply the specialized locomotives necessary for high speed rail.”
- America was at the forefront of high speed train travel back in 1934 when an EMD-powered locomotive, the Pioneer Zephyr, traveled from Denver to Chicago achieving a top speed of 112 mph. That breakthrough formed the foundations of EMD’s diesel-electric passenger locomotive technology, and this commitment to revolutionizing locomotive technology continues.
- The EMD F59PHI diesel-electric locomotive is a common locomotive on passenger trains in North America and can operate at top speeds up to 110mph. It is used to pull Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, as well as Metrolink and Coaster commuter trains. In the Pacific Northwest, it runs in Cascades trains and commuter operations in Seattle (Sounder). It also serves Amtrak California on the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin trains, and commuter operations in Fort Worth (Trinity Railway Express), North Carolina (Piedmont), Vancouver (West Coast Express), and Montreal (AMT)
About Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.
Founded in 1922, Electro-Motive is one of two U.S. original equipment manufacturers of diesel-electric locomotives. Headquartered in LaGrange, Illinois, with additional facilities in London, Ontario, EMD designs, manufactures and sells diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad applications and has sold its products in more than 70 countries. The Company is the only diesel-electric locomotive manufacturer to have produced more than 72,500 engines and has the largest installed base in both North America and worldwide. In addition to its manufacturing activities, EMD has an extensive aftermarket business offering customers replacement parts, maintenance solutions, and a range of value-added services. 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.