GE Transportation

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GE Transportation
Type Private
(subsidiary of General Electric)
Industry Transportation, Energy, Mining
Headquarters Heller International Building
Chicago, Illinois
, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Key people Russell Stokes Oct 1 2013-,[1] President and CEO GE Transportation
Products Evolution Series Locomotive
L250 Marine Engine
360 AC Drive Systems
752 DC Drilling Motor
Wind Turbine Drive Systems
V228 Series engine
Durathon UPS
Revenue US$ 5.88 Billion (2013)
Parent GE Technology Infrastructure
Divisions Rail
Marine
Mining
Drilling
Wind
Stationary Power
Energy Storage
Website getransportation.com

GE Transportation, formerly known as GE Rail, is a division of General Electric. The organization manufactures equipment for the railroad, marine, mining, drilling and energy generation industries. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois while their main manufacturing facility is located in Erie, Pennsylvania. Locomotives are assembled at the Erie plant, while engine manufacturing takes place in Grove City, Pennsylvania.[2] In May 2011, the company announced plans to build a second locomotive factory in Fort Worth, Texas in order to meet increasing demand.[3]

Rail products[edit]

GE Transportation is the largest producer of diesel-electric locomotives for both freight and passenger applications in North America, believed to hold up to a 70% market share.[4] It also produces related products, such as railroad signaling equipment, and parts for locomotives and railroad cars, as well as providing repair services for GE and other locomotives.

Current locomotives in major production include the GE Evolution Series; for a complete listing, see the list of GE locomotives. In the spring of 2007, GE Transportation Systems rolled out a prototype hybrid diesel-electric locomotive to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. In September 2010, GE Transportation announced plans to commercialise a hybrid design by 2014-15.[5]

In addition to the railroad industry, GE Transportation also serves the following industries: Marine, Mining, Stationary Power, Drilling, and Drivetrain Technologies (wind gear boxes).

Propulsion products[edit]

In addition to railroad locomotives and equipment, GE Transportation Systems also produces large electric motors and propulsion systems for the mining, oil drilling, and wind turbine industries. GE also provides medium-sized, medium-speed diesel engines for several smaller vessels, mostly tugboats and other similarly-sized vessels. These marine engines are marinized versions of their locomotive engines.

Battery products[edit]

GE’s battery business serves the rail, marine, telecommunications and energy sectors, including new smart grid technology.[6][7]
GE's Durathon battery production takes place at their state of the art facility in Schenectady, New York.

Trivia[edit]

At the GE Transportation plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, air caster technology is used to "float" 200-ton diesel locomotives from one assembly station to another. Workers at the plant euphemistically refer to the assembly line as the "world's largest air hockey table."[8] Thanks in part to more efficient movement and positioning of the locomotives, the company says it reduced build time by 16%.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Dineen Named President and CEO of GE Healthcare; Lorenzo Simonelli to Lead GE Transportation : Press Releases : News : GE
  2. ^ "‘High probability’ for layoffs in Grove City, GE official says". Sharon Herald. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Railway Gazette: GE Transportation announces Texas locomotive factory". 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  4. ^ Middleton, William; Smerk, George; Diehl, Roberta, eds. (2007). Encyclopedia of North American Railroads. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-34916-3. 
  5. ^ "GE hybrid locomotive ready for the market in 2014-15 - International Railway Journal". 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  6. ^ Allen, Pam (2009-07-27). "GE plans $100M battery plant for Schenectady". 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Modern Marvels television program, History Channel, 2006
  9. ^ GE 2006 annual report, p.25

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