Updated: Feb 22, 2019
Yesterday, February 20, 2019, Metra announced that their board of directors approved a $70.9 million contract to purchase 15 re-manufactured locomotives to begin to replace Metra's aging and uneconomical fleet of diesel locomotives. Metra will be purchasing 15 SD70MAC freight diesel locomotives, and have them re-manufactured by Progress Rail. Progress Rail is the railroad industry's leading producer of re-manufactured and new eco-friendly locomotives. The SD70MACs purchased by Metra will undergo an in-depth "restoration" of sorts to convert them into SD70MACH locomotives. Each locomotive will receive components that are refurbished, upgraded, or new to enhance their performance and reduce their carbon footprint. Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski hopes that these locomotives will "increase reliability." There is no current date of when these locomotives will begin their transition into the SD70MACH classification, but another story will be posted when information becomes available to RIAM | Industry Headlines.