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Muncie's Progress Rail/EMD/CAT facility
« on: August 16, 2011, 12:57:03 PM »
I get asked about the progress of the plant, so yesterday I went out and snagged a few shots that I could. 
Lots of work going on, however most of the work you can see is on the roof, as the backside of the plant is where the railroad action would be and as it lays out, there is no access to the back of the plant.

Here are shots taken from the Northwest side of the plant, the overhead door is I believe 30 foot tall and tall enough to handle transformers, a loop track came around into the door here and the other door just east of this one.

The other shot is from the south of the plant looking north, you can see the new structure they built, it appears to have a roof on it, the tanks to the southeast are also new.  Notice the large pile of dirt to the south (right on the picture) its roughly 50 yards or more long and wide.  There is still a large pile of concrete on the north side of the facility, probably from the floor where they are putting the track in the plant.


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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2011, 05:52:50 PM »
The tanks appear to be those used for storage of liquidfied industrial gas. With a fabrication/assembly operation such as this, am guessing they are to support welding/cutting so oxygen and argon would be the primary products to be stored. The fact there are three tanks including twins implies twin oxygen or perhaps another gas such as nitrogen or CO2. Nearest sources would be Linde (old Airco?BOC) on southside of Indy or Airgas out of Dayton. If there is some national contract obilgation it could from further out from a variety of air separation units in Indiana or Ohio. 

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2011, 09:02:54 PM »
Sooo..do you happen to know whats all going to be built here for sure? I've heard multiple things in the last year or so.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2011, 09:08:16 PM »
Sooo..do you happen to know whats all going to be built here for sure? I've heard multiple things in the last year or so.

Nope just rumors/speculation.
However knowing the size of the facility and location around it, then toss in the labor contract with the union in Canada...I can't imagine they bought the Westinghouse facility in Muncie to just rebuild a few engines.  IF you get my drift. 

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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2011, 09:55:29 PM »
Well...lets see. How large is the demand for rebuilds? 740,000 sqaure feet of work space for such a project? Nearly 100 ft cielings, rails already in the floor in some places. Westinghouse probobly had some mighty large cranes to lift substation generators. Im sure they could easily be retooled around to lift loco's and their components. Also, didn't NS just put in a new siding by there?
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Re: Muncie's Progress Rail/EMD/CAT facility
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2011, 09:42:35 AM »
Well...lets see. How large is the demand for rebuilds? 740,000 sqaure feet of work space for such a project? Nearly 100 ft cielings, rails already in the floor in some places. Westinghouse probobly had some mighty large cranes to lift substation generators. Im sure they could easily be retooled around to lift loco's and their components. Also, didn't NS just put in a new siding by there?

The square footage is very deceptive to that place, its big.  While the Borg Warner facility is larger in sqft, you would never know it by looking at them in compare. 

As to the siding, its south of the facility, roughly a 1/2 mile or more and its CTC, nothing to do with ProgressRail though, it was for capacity on the New Castle District south of Muncie.  Honestly, having worked the rails back into the ABB/Westinghouse (and pulled the last transformer out of the place) I can tell you there is TONS of track space in there between the NS mainline connection and the plant. 

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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2011, 11:46:42 AM »
The building on the left of the first photo appears to be new.  Is that part of Progress Rail?   When is the plant expected to open?

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Re: Muncie's Progress Rail/EMD/CAT facility
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2011, 11:59:37 AM »
The building on the left of the first photo appears to be new.  Is that part of Progress Rail?   When is the plant expected to open?
Can't remember what Matt said it was. I forget every time.  :-X
But it's definitely not part of Progress Rail.
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2011, 04:25:51 PM »
The building on the left of the first photo appears to be new.  Is that part of Progress Rail?   When is the plant expected to open?


No, different area, its called Midwest Metal, they are building it at the corner of Cowan Road and 23rd Street, just shows you how massive the new Progress Rail facility is!

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Progress Rail official opens plant
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2011, 01:30:05 PM »
As posted on Inside Indiana Business ...


October 28, 2011

News Release



ALBERTVILLE, Ala. -- Almost one year to the date of announcing its decision to locate a locomotive manufacturing facility in Muncie, Indiana, Progress Rail Services Corporation (PRSC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), officially opened its Muncie operation.

Progress Rail announced the site selection in October of 2010 and began work in earnest in January of this year. In less than 10 months, the facility has produced completed diesel-electric locomotives for our customers. The Muncie facility is the first locomotive assembly plant to open in the United States in many years, and is the latest milestone to mark Progress Rail's strategic approach to compete and win in the global railway industry.

"This is the type of responsiveness our customers have come to expect from Progress Rail ," said Billy Ainsworth, president and CEO of Progress Rail. "Through its Progress Rail subsidiary, Caterpillar has proven its commitment to the rail and transit industries and since 2006 has invested more than $2 billion to meet our customers' growing needs."

Caterpillar and its subsidiaries are recognized as the global leaders in diesel engine technology, which allows Progress Rail and EMD to offer the broadest range of locomotive engine solutions and remain the only manufacturer of 2- and 4-cycle locomotive engines. The companies are also working on numerous alternative fuel projects for customers. In December of 2008, Progress Rail utilized the first common rail fuel system for mainline locomotives, with its 4,300-horsepower PR43C locomotive, powered by two rugged Cat® engines – the C-175 and C-18.

In 2010 alone, Caterpillar and its subsidiaries invested a record $1.9 billion in product research and development. Through these collective research and development efforts, Progress Rail and EMD are able to produce the most durable, reliable and sustainable locomotives in the world.

Within the past year, Progress Rail also announced two additional locomotive assembly plants, as a further commitment to increasing capacity to produce locomotives globally, with one in Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, Brazil, and another in Sahagun, Mexico.

"We are proud to be in Muncie, Indiana, today celebrating the official opening of our locomotive assembly plant. We look forward to being a part of this community's economic future for many years to come," Ainsworth said. "We have assembled a talented and dedicated group of local employees eager to meet our customers' needs. As we continue to grow our business and build additional manufacturing capacity, Progress Rail will be well-equipped to produce and support the largest global population of locomotives."

Since acquiring EMD last year, Caterpillar and Progress Rail have made significant investments in new equipment and plant improvements, to enable EMD to create new products and services for the international railway industry.

"We want to thank our employees, our customers, the Muncie community and the State of Indiana for their support," said Dan Hanback, senior vice president of operations. "This is about meeting the challenging competitive realities in the global rail industry, but one that carries great potential. We're proud to say that Muncie is going to help us do that."

About Progress Rail:

Progress Rail Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is a leading supplier of remanufactured locomotive and railcar products and services to the railroad industry, operating one of the most extensive rail service and supply networks in North America. We serve our customers through a network of more than 140 locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom, with more than 4,700 employees. Progress Rail Services is headquartered in Albertville, Alabama.

Through its acquisition of Electro-Motive Diesel, Progress Rail has expanded its network of global locations, furthering its commitment to providing industry-leading products and services. Founded in 1922, Electro-Motive Diesel is an original equipment manufacturer of diesel-electric locomotives. Headquartered in LaGrange, Illinois, EMD designs, manufactures and sells diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad applications and is a global provider of diesel engines for marine propulsion, offshore and land-based oil well drilling rigs, and stationary power generation. The company is the only diesel-electric locomotive manufacturer to have produced more than 72,500 engines and has the largest installed base in both North America and worldwide. EMD also has an extensive aftermarket business offering replacement parts, maintenance solutions and a range of value-added services.

For more information, visit www.progressrail.com, or www.emdiesels.com.

About Caterpillar:

For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2010 sales and revenues of $42.588 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services. More information is available at: http://www.caterpillar.com.

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Re: Muncie's Progress Rail/EMD/CAT facility
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2011, 01:30:46 PM »
Looks like the plant is "officially" open now... http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?id=50506.
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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2011, 11:35:55 PM »
For the sake of clarity and marketing, I wish they would dump the Progress Rail name and just make it all the Electro-Motive Division of Caterpillar.  EMD dieselized the nation's railroads.  What has Progress Rail ever done?

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« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2011, 12:16:15 AM »
Did anyone get pics of the first locomotive that rolled out of the place Friday. Ferromex SD70ACe
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Re: Muncie's Progress Rail/EMD/CAT facility
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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2011, 07:24:21 AM »

Did anyone get pics of the first locomotive that rolled out of the place Friday. Ferromex SD70ACe
I don't think it's rolled out yet.

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« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2011, 02:22:36 AM »
So....anyone know what route these new trains will take once they leave the plant?
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« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2011, 07:41:05 AM »
So....anyone know what route these new trains will take once they leave the plant?

Probably get picked up by a Chatt bound train, seems to be the popular choice, head south with them.  I'd also imagine they will probably wait to get a few of them on hand 5 or so before they release them.

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Re: Muncie's Progress Rail/EMD/CAT facility
« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2011, 01:25:46 PM »
I doubt any road trains would stop and pick them up, but more than likely the L82 would drag them back to Muncie East Yards with a ride up to the Fort on the 313.  Prolly end up getting handed off to the UP in Villa Grove, IL via the 15E (MCHPBJ/UP Symbol to Pine Bluff, AR) or the 171 (terminates in Westfield, Texas.) 
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« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2011, 05:12:27 PM »
Yesterday I saw what looked to be an eastbound trio of Ferromex units heading through Milford Jct.  At least the paint matched what Ferromex uses!

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« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2011, 07:17:21 PM »
Yesterday I saw what looked to be an eastbound trio of Ferromex units heading through Milford Jct.  At least the paint matched what Ferromex uses!
There was some Ferrosur being dragged about a month ago up there. I'm assuming this was on CSX?
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