Although it seems fairly quiet about the twenty PowerHaul locomotives for Turkish national operator TCDD, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, deliveries are in full swing. GE Transportation and Tülomsaş have already delivered the first five units, designated as Class DE 36000. Note that the (UK-gauge) demonstrator locomotive Tülomsaş was immatriculated in the DE 37000 Class: Profile DE 37001 (now Colas Rail 70801). Before the end of the year, another ten locomotives will be outshopped. The final five locomotives will follow in early 2015.
With less than three months to go until InnoTrans 2014 in Berlin, it is also time for the first InnoTrans diesel highlight. We can report that GE Transportation and Tülomsaş will be present on the trade fair with a PowerHaul locomotive on display. In 2012, a locomotive in HHPI colour scheme was present, this time one of the TCDD units will make its appearance. An impression of the latter can be found here: link.