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2017-01-10 - [GB] Colas Rail to expand PowerHaul fleet

Home 2017-01-10 - [GB] Colas Rail to expand PowerHaul fleet

Having been delivered only recently, 70806 and 70807 run from Liverpool Seaforth to Bescot on May 1, 2014. Picture by William Hunt.


Colas Rail is set to expand its fleet with a further seven type PH37ACmi PowerHaul locomotives. On December 16, 2016, locos 70811 and 70812 (both in an advanced stage of completion) were out on test at the GE Transportation production facility in Erie. Delivery of all seven locomotives is scheduled to take place this year.


Video of the future Colas Rail 70811 and 70812 on test in Erie on December 16, 2016.


With the seven new locomotives, Colas Rail raises the number of PowerHaul locomotives in its fleet to 17. The first ten locomotives in the fleet were delivered to the UK-based operator in 2014. Other than locomotive 70801, the designated 70802-70810 were built and assembled in Erie by GE Transportation. The former was the first PowerHaul locomotive to be assembled by Turkey's Tülomsaş as demonstrator locomotive DE 37001 / 70099.


Demonstrator locomotive 70099 passes Crewe behind a Freightliner Class 66 locomotive on October 23, 2012. Picture by Wolfram Wittsiepe.


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