Does EMD Make Locomotives?
Progress Rail Locomotives, doing business as Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) is an American manufacturer of diesel-electric locomotives, locomotive products and diesel engines for the rail industry. The company is owned by Caterpillar through its subsidiary Progress Rail.
The EMD units have smoothly rounded fuel tanks and many have air reservoirs tucked in along the tank top just below the running boards. Most of the GE fuel tanks have a boxy shape with straight upper sides and the lower third angled in toward the flat bottom.
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Trucks differantiate a loco from another maker as well. EMD trucks are distinctly different from GE trucks. GE trucks on late model units use a large cast frame, with twin springs for each axle. EMD trucks do not sport the springs as visibly as the GE units' do.
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Electro-Motive continues to produce locomotives today but in name only; the company is now a division of Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company.
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GE and Caterpillar mainly produce freight locomotives, which sell for $2 million and up, but they are eager to expand in the passenger market, competing with such suppliers as Germany's Siemens AG SIEGY 1.30% and Bombardier. Union Pacific Corp.
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