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CP contracts with Progress Rail to rebuild locomotives

Canadian Pacific has awarded a contract to rebuild 30 EMD locomotives to Progress Rail, which will remanufacture the units at plants in Indiana and Kentucky.

Once fully remanufactured, the freight locomotives will primarily serve in heavy haul applications. The upgraded EMD SD70ACU locomotives are known as modernized versions of SD90MAC models, Progress Rail officials said in a press release.

Progress Rail will modernize the units at its plants in Mayfield, Kentucky, and Muncie, Indiana. The fleet will receive new traction control systems, and new cabs adhering to the latest crashworthy standards, Progress Rail officials said.

All major components — including the existing EMD 710 engine — will be remanufactured for optimal performance and reliability, they said.

CP is expected to receive the locomotives in 2019.

"Fleet modernization provides the railroads with the opportunity to upgrade their locomotives with today's technology to continue going the distance," said Marty Haycraft, Progress Rail's executive vice president of rolling stock. "We are pleased Canadian Pacific chose to modernize their fleet with our EMD SD70ACU locomotives, which are known for their proven technology, overall cost effectiveness and ability to serve as a sustainable product operating on the mainline.”

Progress Rail did not reveal the contract's dollar value.

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