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ELECTRO-MOTIVE LAUNCHES SD70 LOCOMOTIVES WITH NORFOLK SOUTHERN

 LA GRANGE, Ill., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Electro-Motive (EMD), a division of General Motors, announced receipt of a locomotive order from the Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS) for a quantity of fifty (50) EMD model SD70 locomotives. This order represents the launch of the SD70, EMD's latest technology D.C. locomotives which were initially previewed at the Railway Supply Convention in Chicago last fall.
 These 4000 horsepower, direct-current locomotives are constructed with the latest 70 Series technology, including EMD's patented HTCR (radial) self-steering truck and the EM2000 microprocessor control system. All units will also incorporate EMD's electronic engine control system.
 John Jarrell, vice president of General Motors and general manager of Electro-Motive, said, "Electro-Motive is continuing to make major investments in locomotive technologies which will provide tangible benefits to our customers. These new SD70 locomotives will provide increased productivity and lower life-cycle costs through an innovative mix of proven components including the radial truck, EM2000 microprocessor and EMD's electronic fuel injection."
 The three-axle radial truck, when combined with EMD's Super Series locomotive control system, provides enhanced wheel life, with rail curving forces superior to standard two-axle locomotive trucks, as well as an 11 percent increase in tractive effort. The advanced EM2000 microprocessor improves locomotive control system speed by more than 200 percent, is more efficient and is easier to use than its predecessors. The larger memory capacity and increased speed makes information processing more accessible and reduces the number of modules needed, thereby improving overall reliability. Electro-Motive's new electronic fuel injection system features variable injector timing capability for improved fuel economy, system reliability and emissions control.
 Electro-Motive's 70 Series locomotives have undergone extensive testing and reliability growth programs since three demonstrators were built last year. Utilizing AAR's Transportation Test Center in Pueblo, the units were subjected to rigorous and challenging performances testing to prove that the locomotives will meet or exceed the demanding requirements of EMD's customers. EMD has manufactured six SD70s to NS specifications that are presently entering revenue service.
 Electro-Motive has been the world's largest producer of Diesel- electric locomotives for more than 70 years. Electro-Motive is located in the Chicago area with major manufacturing facilities in La Grange, Ill., and London, Ontario, Canada.
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 /CONTACT: Lynne B. Passett of Electro-Motive, 708-387-6106/
 (GM NSC)


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