On Dec. 3, GE Transportation announced an agreement with new customer America Latina Logistica (ALL) to deliver 10 new AC44i locomotives in 2009 for freight transport . ALL operates 21,000 km of railways connecting Brazil and Argentina.
The Model AC44i locomotives are powered by diesel engines supplied by GE Transportation's manufacturing plant in Grove City, Pa. They feature GE's AC individual-axle traction-control technology and dynamic braking in addition to air brakes.
"We look forward to the increased performance advantage these new AC locomotives will provide," said Gabriel Martelli, ALL´s Superintendent of Mechanical. "The delivery of these new locomotives will be key to our continued railroad infrastructure development and economic growth."
Guilherme Segalla de Mello, president and CEO of GE Transportation South America, said the locomotives will be built in Contagem, Brazil. He noted that the affiliate has been building diesel-electric locomotives in Brazil since 1967.