New pictures of the GE/Freightliner Class 70 have been released.
THE INTRODUCTION OF the new General Electric Class 70 ‘Powerhaul’ locomotives for Freightliner will also see a radically revised colour scheme and branding debut on the new machines. Pictures of the newly painted locos have been released by Freightliner and they are reproduced here.
The first two PowerHaul locos have been undergoing over 170 tests including ride testing, gauge and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing, and are well on target for transit to port and shipping from Lambert’s Point, Virginia at the beginning of October. With arrival expected in Newport, South Wales, at the beginning of November.
As the first two locomotives took to GE’s 4 mile test track in Erie, Pennsylvania, construction continued on a further four locomotives which will be delivered a month later. This second batch, which includes Nos. 70005 & 70006, were the first to receive application of Freightliner’s revised livery scheme.
Freightliner CEO Peter Maybury commented “Our new branding represents the dynamic and modern logistics company which Freightliner has transformed into and represents the step change in technology being introduced to the rail freight market.”
Currently at GE’s site in Erie are Driver Production Mangers, and a team of Maintenance and Engineering staff who are undergoing a loco familiarisation course in readiness for delivering the training to staff back in the UK.
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Pictures courtesy of Freightliner/GE.