Bangladesh Railways has awarded a contract for 40 EMD GT42ACL broad gauge locomotives to Progress Rail.
The locomotives are equipped with the latest locomotive technology and are rated at 3,250 braking horsepower with microprocessor control and AC/AC traction. They will provide the railway with fuel efficiency advantages, lower emissions, the latest safety features, and notable haulage capacity and reliability.
“Progress Rail, through our historic EMD brand, delivered our first meter gauge locomotive to Bangladesh Railways in 1953,” said Billy Ainsworth, Progress Rail CEO. “Since then, we have supplied more than 150 meter gauge locomotives both directly and through partners to the region. We are honored to be chosen again by the railway to assist in the future growth and development of Bangladesh, this time with an important focus on the broad gauge rail network.”
“The 40 broad gauge locomotives will be critical to the growth and improved efficiency of Bangladesh Railways,” stated Md Shamsuzzaman, Bangladesh Railway additional director general rolling stock. “Progress Rail has supplied locomotives to Bangladesh Railways for over 60 years and we look forward to working with Progress Rail on the delivery of these 40 state-of-the-art locomotives.”