Reuters is reporting that CN will purchase 65 new and 96 used locomotives to handle "heavier traffic". The new locomotives, for delivery in 2013-2014, are to be:
- 35 GE ES44AC
- 30 GM SD70ACe
AC traction motors are better suited for low speed, heavy hauling like coal, sulphur, and other big, heavy unit trains. DC units have a lower purchase cost and easier to maintain. See this EMD presentation to see the merits of AC traction.
CN's news release says that CN will purchase the following used locomotives this year:
- 42 GE Dash 8-40C
- 11 GE Dash 8-40C that were leased (ex-LMS, see above photo for an example)
- 43 EMD SD60 (rumoured to be ex-GMTX)
So... new locomotive types on CN in 2013 and 2014. Something to look forward to!