Jacksonville, FL – The Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) has completed the inaugural run of its first two new GE ES44C4 locomotives.
The new engines provided state-of-the-art Tier 3 locomotive power to the company’s most expedited through-freight train, transporting automotive, carload and intermodal freight from Jacksonville to Miami.
Part of GE’s Evolution Series, the ES44C4 locomotives are designed using advanced engine technology that lowers fuel consumption while also controlling NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions. The company will receive a total of 24 ES44C4 locomotives from GE Transportation before the end of the year.
“As we continue to grow and expand, it is critical that we have dependable and efficient horsepower to support the transportation of intermodal, carload, auto and port business,” said James R. Hertwig, FECR President and CEO. “With these new Tier 3 locomotives, we are well positioned to handle current and future customer needs.”
The Florida East Coast Railway is a 351-mile freight rail line located along the east coast of Florida and serves as the exclusive rail provider for Port Miami, Port Everglades, and Port of Palm Beach.
The FEC connects to the national railroad network in Jacksonville, Florida, and provides carload and door-to-door intermodal solutions across North America.