FECR Acquires 24 New GE ES44C4, Tier 3 Locomotives

Fuel-efficient and EPA compliant units designed to meet future needs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) is about to take delivery of the first of 24 new Tier 3 locomotives, acquired from GE Transportation (GE).  The new locomotives will be used in thru-freight, heavy haul service on the railway's 351-mile mainline route between Jacksonville, and Miami, Florida.  The remainder of the locomotives will be placed in service by the end of 2014.

The ES44C4 locomotive, part of GE's Evolution® Series, is designed to meet U.S. EPA Tier 3 emissions requirements using advanced engine technology that lowers fuel consumption and operating costs.  These locomotives provide many benefits and are vital towards controlling NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions.

“GE is pleased that FEC Railway has chosen our ES44C4 locomotives for its through-haul fleet,” said David Tucker, Vice President Global Sales.  "We look forward to continuing our partnership as they continue to push the envelope on advanced technologies."

"These locomotives will provide the fuel-efficient power, we need to support current operations and the future growth of the railroad," said Fran Chinnici, Senior Vice President of Mechanical, Engineering and Purchasing at FECR.

"It's fitting that these new GE locomotives are outfitted in the "Champion" paint scheme introduced by FECR many years ago", said James R. Hertwig, President & CEO.  “Similar to the early times of rapid expansion and growth along Florida's east coast, these locomotives will be utilized to champion FECR, providing the efficient horsepower needed to support the transportation of intermodal, carload, auto, and port business for the growing Florida economy.” 

About Florida East Coast Railway
Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Florida East Coast Railway is committed to providing customers with outstanding reliability, flexibility and connectivity. The company provides a wide range of economical services, including carload and door-to-door intermodal solutions across North America.  In addition, FECR connects customers to worldwide locations through its strategic partnerships with Port Miami, Port Everglades and Port of Palm Beach.  For more information, visit www.fecrwy.com.

About GE Transportation Services
GE Transportation, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), solves the world’s toughest transportation challenges. GE Transportation builds equipment that moves the rail, mining and marine industries. Our fuel-efficient and lower-emissions freight and passenger locomotives, diesel engines for rail, marine and stationary power applications, signaling and software solutions, drive systems for mining trucks, underground mining equipment, energy storage systems, and value-added services help customers grow. GE Transportation has approximately 13,000 employees. For more information visit: www.getransportation.com.

SOURCE: Florida East Coast Railway, LLC
For further information: Debra Phillips, Office: 904-538-6110, Cell: 904-955-1008

CAPTION:  Florida East Coast Railway President & CEO, James R. Hertwig shown here aboard FECR 802, one of the first of 24 units (FECR 800-823) to be delivered this year.