G.E. Transportation has assembled two locomotives designed for Indian Railways as part of the company's largest order in history.
The engineering teams in Erie and Indian have spent months designing and tweaking plans for locomotives that the company plans to build for Indian Railways.
It's being called a historic deal; an eleven year, $2.5 billion contract for 1,000 locomotives. The order calls for 100 locomotives to be built in Erie, the remaining order in Behar, India. The locomotives in India are different than in the US. They must be lighter, fit on a wider track, and withstand much higher temperatures. That's why this latest technology is helping GE Engineers get the design process done much more efficiently and effectively.
Putting together a complete 3D virtual reality tour of everything in the locomotive, from the cab to the smallest screw; with the majority of the locomotives being made overseas, GE Engineers say, is a comment part of international deals.
Alan Hamilton, GM of Systems Engineering says, "obviously a lot of these deals are government based deals and they have requirements on not only the product but what the infrastructure and development is in their country so what we look to do is try and create a win, win situation."
A representative will be here in July to start testing on a simulator track and manufacturing is expected to start early next year.
GE also announced today an agreement to supply 20 locomotives to Pakistan, as well. It's the second contract with Pakistan Railways within three years.
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