Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD) has signed a contract with the Public Investment Fund – Ministry of Finance to manufacture a quantity of 25 SD70ACS heavy haul AC diesel electric locomotives for Saudi Railway Company (SAR). These units are specifically designated for used on the North – South line. They will carry minerals on over 1482km of newly constructed track, and are capable of dealing with some of the harshest desert environments.
The SD70ACS is a 4,500 BHP AC locomotive that includes an EMD IGBT AC drive system. This locomotive also features a pulse filtration system and movable sand plows on the pilot and trucks that makes the SD70ACS the ideal locomotive for the extreme desert environment of Saudi Arabia.
These units are equipped with the EMD 710-T1 fuel-efficient diesel engine and the EM2000 microprocessor locomotive control system, as well as the ERTMS/ETCS train control equipment. The units are also equipped with FIRE(TM) display system.
Delivery of the locomotives is scheduled to begin during the 2nd Quarter of 2010. This will bring the number of EMD locomotives operating in Saudi Arabia to 72 locomotives.