There they come! The Americans are ready again to invade Europe... The first Powerhaul main line diesels for the UK market is ready for shipping. Some first images of this 'class 70' for customer Freightliner appeared on Twitter last week. GE itself reports on the event with some nice videos here.
GE is preparing the world for their new Powerhaul platform. The UK version of this machine is just a first step. GE is also developing a version for theEuropean, Middle East and North African markets. Yet another player who wants to act on the EU market for main line diesel engines, an interesting segment with many new product developments; In the near future, GE's Powerhaul has to compete with the Vossloh/EMD Euro 4000, Voith's Maxima, and Siemens' EuroRunner CF.
And that's not it, also that other big player from the US, EMD is working on a CoCo diesel meeting modern railway standards, finally replacing their Spartan Class66 platform.