July 19, 2018

GE Transportation secures first locomotive deal in Chile

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FCAB will use the locomotives to haul different products for the mining industry. FCAB will use the locomotives to haul different products for the mining industry.

CHILE’s Antofagasta Railway (FCAB) has awarded GE Transportation a contract to supply five C23EMP single-cab ac/dc diesel-electric locomotives for delivery in 2019. The deal, the first between the two partners, includes a parts, service and warranty agreement.


The locomotives have been specially designed for FCAB for light-axleload operation and are equipped with a GE FDL 12-cylinder engine to operate at high altitude. The locomotives use GE’s electronic fuel injection system to improve fuel efficiency.

The metre-gauge C23EMPs will be used to haul different products for the mining industry that represents approximately 50% of Chile’s export trade. The locomotives will be assembled at GE Transportation’s facility in Contagem, Brazil.

GE Transportation says locomotive and digital sales in South America have increased by 40% over the past three years, with strategic projects in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia.

“The acquisition of these five new GE locomotives, along with other brand-new rolling stock, will trigger a step change in greenhouse gases emission reduction, improve safety features for our crews and enhance train productivity,” says FCAB general manager Mr Mauricio Ortiz.

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