After an extensive study was concluded North American Class 1 railroads teamed together by putting forth a bid combining their purchasing power with the intension of identifying the best supplier for locomotive LEDs. Railhead Corp. was officially awarded the North America locomotive LED lighting contract September of 2011.
Alsip, Illinois (2011) Railhead Corp., a railroad equipment supplier and manufacturer since 1964, designed and introduced solid state lighting for locomotives several years ago. A Class 1 study was quickly put underway to determine the benefits of applying LED technology to everyday locomotive use. Research has concluded that implementation results in significant maintenance savings, lower carbon footprint, fuel savings, improved safety, and better light quality. The lifespan of the locomotive LEDs are 5.7 to 10 years depending on use.