PODCAST: Riding the Rails

September 19, 2022

Railfan. Train buff. Rail enthusiast. Trainspotter. Different names for anyone with a passion for anything related to trains, locomotives and all things rail. It could be said that Progress Rail – a Caterpillar company – is in the middle of it all. 

This episode of Caterpillar’s Beyond The Iron podcast is rolling down the track with Marty Haycraft, vice president of Caterpillar Inc. and president & chief executive officer of Progress Rail. Progress Rail’s EMD® brand is the premier provider of diesel-electric locomotive technology and is celebrating 100 years in business. Take a ride through history as Haycraft shares the Progress Rail and EMD story, plus what it takes to stay a leader in the railroad industry.

PROGRAM GUIDE (22:28 total run time)  
Guest: Marty Haycraft / Senior Vice President of Caterpillar Inc. And President & CEO of Progress Rail  

2:10 – What’s something that would really surprise people about the rail business?    
3:40 – Rail is a fascinating industry. Give us a quick primer on Progress Rail.  
5:33 – Talk about the significance of EMD celebrating 100-years.  
7:51 – Give us a ride through EMD’s history, bringing an end to the steam locomotive era.  
12:52 – Fun facts about the rail business, and Progress Rail’s diverse customer base.  
15:40 – Have you had the opportunity to operate an EMD locomotive?  
17:30 – What’s it going to take to remain a leader in the global rail business?  
19:25 – Tell us about the recent birthday party held for EMD, recognizing a century on the rails.