Montreal’s Exo announces the award of a contract worth approximately C$132 million to Siemens Mobility for the acquisition of 10 Charger locomotives that will gradually replace the F59PH locomotives currently in use on exo’s network.
With the acquisition of these locomotives, exo will modernize its train fleet and increase the reliability of its network. Charger locomotives will be able to pull more cars (10 instead of 8), giving exo more leeway to modulate the length of the trains and improve the experience of its users.
This acquisition will enable exo to reduce the environmental impact of its rail operations. The new locomotives will be less polluting than the current locomotives because they meet newer and more stringent emission standards.
The F59PH locomotives currently used on exo’s network were acquired from Toronto-based GO Transit in 2011. They had been in service since 1989 in Toronto and have undergone several renovations over the years. They will be replaced to ensure the sustainability of exo’s commuter train service.
Delivery of the first locomotive is scheduled for 2025. Tests will then be carried out before the locomotive is put into service. The other nine will follow shortly thereafter.
-via Press Release