CN announces major fleet expansion

Canadian National (CN) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) has announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement.

CN has announced it will acquire 200 new locomotives over the next three years from GE to accommodate future growth opportunities and drive operational efficiency across its system. 

The order includes Tier 4 and Tier 3 (Tier 4 certified) Evolution™ Series locomotives equipped with GE Transportation’s GoLINC™ Platform, Trip Optimizer™ System and Distributed Power LOCOTROL® eXpanded Architecture. These solutions are part of GE Transportation’s Train Performance product suite, which optimizes power distribution, train handling, brake control and fuel utilization.

Luc Jobin, CN President and Chief Executive Officer, said “We are bullish on the North American economy and on our ability to compete and win new business with our superior service model. In the years ahead, these GE Transportation locomotives and their digital technology will support and enhance our operational efficiency.”

The locomotives will be produced at the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth, Texas beginning in 2018. CN’s order is the largest among class I railways since 2014. The first units are expected to be delivered in 2018 with the balance delivered in 2019 and 2020.

Source: CN