March 01, 2011

First Turkish-built PowerHaul locomotive unveiled

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A CEREMONY was held in Eskisehir yesterday to celebrate the completion of the first GE PowerHaul locomotive to be assembled in Turkey. The ac traction locomotive was built by Tülomsaş using components manufactuered by GE's plant in Erie, United States.

turkish-powerhaul2.jpgGE signed a memorandum of understanding with Tülomsaş in 2008 to form a strategic partnership to assemble PowerHauls in Turkey for customers in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. The two companies signed a license agreement in December 2009 and last July GE placed an order with Tülomsaş to build locomotives for the European market from next year.
 The PowerHaul design made its debut in Britain in 2009 with Freightliner, which now has 11 class 70 locomotives in service with a further 19 on order.

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