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On June 10, Progress Rail and Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), in conjunction with GB Railfreight (GBRf), a customer located in the UK, held a locomotive naming ceremony at the Progress Rail locomotive manufacturing facility in Muncie, Indiana. The locomotive was named “The Hoosier State.”
The unveiling featured a Class 66 locomotive manufactured by Progress Rail and EMD for GBRf, which will be delivered in late 2014. Attendees included Progress Rail leadership and employees from the Muncie facility, as well as employees from GBRf. A number of prominent local and state politicians provided remarks regarding the impact of this milestone on the Muncie community. Click here to view the article and video featured in the Muncie Star Press.
GBRf is strengthening its existing fleet of locomotives by the procurement of Class 66 locomotives on top of another Class 66 fleet purchase from EMD that was announced in September 2013. The purchase of these Class 66 diesel locomotives will take GBRf’s current Class 66 fleet total to 71.
“We have a dedicated team in Muncie who work hard to support our customers,” said Billy Ainsworth, Caterpillar vice president and Progress Rail/EMD president and CEO. “This order shows how competitive we can be shipping quality products around the world. Since we opened our Muncie operations in 2011, we have built more than 200 locomotives destined for international locations in 11 different countries outside the U.S. and Canada.”
GB Railfreight is one of the UK's leading rail freight companies. It operates around 650 trains a week in the U.K. and is the main transporter of coal on the rail network and the only rail freight company with regular contracts to move biomass.