CAT''s acquisition of EMD
CAT takes over another old name in the US diesel market.
What will EMD bring to the table at CAT? While the unique US 2 stroke has fallen in popularity to the 4 strokes brought on in part by ever increasing emissions requirements, the EMD style may have features that CAT may develop in it's own line. As CAT has a bullet proof electronics system as well as fuel injection layout some of these features may benefit the 710 series if they choose to continue to build them. CAT stumbled in it's early entry into the rail market but taking on EMD may offer a simple platform to introduce some of the fuel efficient as well as environmentally friendly CAT engines such as the 3500 series to an EMD platform. CAT can benefit as well from EMD's expertise in both AC and DC traction motors.
Following a visit to the MaK works in Kiel a few years back I shrugged as I saw the blaring CAT yellow that had taken over the works. One of the old timers remarked that it came quite quickly with only the old MaK marque on the quayside remaining. I have visions in my head of workers scampering about with spray guns at the EMD works in the near future. I wish CAT well in their venture.
Photos: Courtesy of Google images. Couldn't resist the shot of the EMD in yellow.