What Types of Diesel Locomotives Does General Electric Make?


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Diesel locomotives made by General Electric include the AC4400 and DASH series, the Evolution Series Tier 4, the C30ACi and the Powerhaul series. Engines in these trains include the FDL and the GEVO. General Electric Transportation Systems produces both passenger trains and freight trains.

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General Electric has been manufacturing diesel locomotives since 1918, when it developed the first commercially available diesel-electric locomotive. GE was initially partnered with the American Locomotive Company, but the partnership ended in the 1950s.

In 1959, GE began production of the U25B. The U25B was the first of the successful Universal series, which was discontinued in the 1960s. The DASH series was introduced in the 1970s, beginning with the DASH 7, and the AC series was launched in the 1990s. The Evolution Series was developed in the 2000s and designed to burn less fuel and produce fewer emissions. It was intended to have the same power as traditional diesel locomotives while meeting the Environmental Protection Agency's emissions standards.

In the 1980s General Electric replaced General Motors as the number one producer of diesel locomotives. As of December 2015, it remains the leading manufacturer in the industry with over 17,000 GE Transportation diesel trains operating in 50 countries.

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