GE Units Are to Be Delivered by Year-End|
To Line Considering Switching to LNG Fuel
The Florida East Coast Railway is publicizing its order for 24 new ES44C4 locomotives from GE Transportation. All of the Tier 3 units are to be delivered by year-end.
FECR is considering a switch to liquefied natural gas, and is expected to test the clean fuel on modified ES44C4s – four converted locomotives in pairs with two LNG tenders, starting with a 116-mile test zone south of Jacksonville (HHP Insight, June 28).
As government clearance is pursued for LNG, FECR says it will use the new GE units in thru-freight, heavy haul service on its 351-mile mainline route between Jacksonville and Miami.
“These locomotives will provide the fuel-efficient power we need to support current operations and the future growth of the railroad,” senior mechanical, engineering and purchasing VP Fran Chinnici said in a release.Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: FECR with HHP Insight follow-up