LaGrange, Illinois - The first EMD-designed JT56ACe high powered diesel-electric locomotive jointly manufactured by CNR Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co. (DLoco) and USA-based Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc., (EMD) rolled out on July 2, 2008 in Dalian China. The JT56ACe locomotive utilizes a 6,000 HP engine and is one of the most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly diesel-electric locomotives in its class anywhere in the world.
The JT56ACe has achieved a first for EMD in the following areas:
- 1st EMD locomotive contract in China
- 1st 6,000 HP diesel-electric locomotive in China
The new JT56ACe diesel-electric locomotive was built with the needs of the Chinese market in mind. It is equipped with a variety of EMD advanced technologies which include dual isolated driver’s cabins, EMD’s type 265H 6,000HP diesel engine, low exhaust emissions, electronic fuel injection, AC traction drive system, microcomputer control system, and the ability to function in three-unit consists. Crew comfort was also taken into account with a microwave oven, air conditioning, refrigerator and toilet facility. As the most advanced 6,000 HP freight locomotive in the world, the JT56ACe has a variety of advantages, such as achieving an impressive starting tractive effort of 620 kN and a continuous tractive effort of 578 kN. The JT56ACe also includes the EMD collision protection package, improving locomotive durability and driver safety. With a weight of just 25 tonnes per axle the JT56ACe is the most powerful diesel-electric locomotive in the world at such a low axle load. The JT56ACe can pull up to 5000 tonnes with a maximum speed of 120 km/h. Under EMD’s current contract, DLoco and EMD will manufacture 300 JT56ACe locomotives for the Chinese Ministry of Railways (MoR).
Having been selected to develop and supply the JT56ACe locomotive to the MoR, EMD is excited to participate in the rapidly expanding Chinese market. Beginning with the licensing of advanced radial bogie technology to China in 2001, and now with the localization of the JT56ACe, EMD looks forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the MoR, Chinese suppliers and other Chinese customers. EMD is confident that by working with our Chinese partners we will be able to provide locomotive technology solutions to make a significant and lasting contribution to the railway transportation development in China.
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 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 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. In April 2005, Greenbriar Equity Group LLC, Berkshire Partners LLC, and certain related parties acquired EMD from General Motors Corporation. Additional information may be found at www.EMDiesels.com.