Exo purchases 10 new locomotives to continue its train fleet modernization

Jan. 31, 2022
Siemens Mobility will design, manufacture and deliver the 10 environmentally-friendly locomotives.

Siemens Mobility has been awarded a contract by Exo for 10 Charger locomotives that will gradually replace the F59PH locomotives currently running on the Exo network in Montreal, Quebec. 

By acquiring these locomotives, Exo will modernize its train fleet and improve the reliability of its network. Charger locomotives can pull more train cars (10 instead of eight), which will give Exo more flexibility to adjust the length of train sets and thereby enhance the user experience. 

Siemens Mobility will design, manufacture and commission the locomotives that meet the stringent Tier 4 regulations for emissions. With low fuel consumption, the ability to run on biodiesel and fulfilling the most stringent Tier 4 emissions standards, the Charger is a sustainable option for passenger locomotives. It features 95 percent particulate matter reduction and 89 percent emissions reduction compared to existing Tier 0 locomotives.  

"Exo trains carry millions of riders annually. Our commuter trains are an indisputable part of the sustainable mobility equation, which is why we're committed to building a reliable and efficient public transit system by continuing to invest in the network. Purchasing these new locomotives will allow Exo to provide reliable and pleasant service to customers, contributing to public transit use and reducing greenhouse gases," said Sylvain Yelle, director general of Exo. 

The F59PH locomotives that currently run on the Exo network were purchased from GO Transit in 2011. They had been in service since 1989 in Toronto and have been subject to several rebuilds over the years. They will be replaced to ensure the ongoing service of Exo commuter trains. 

The first locomotive is scheduled to be delivered in 2025. Tests will then be performed before the locomotive enters service. The nine others will follow shortly thereafter. 

This project is made possible thanks to funding from the Government of Québec through the Programme d'aide gouvernementale au transport collectif des personnes (PAGTCP). 

"We are excited to partner with Exo and look forward to working with them to modernize their fleet with the latest in sustainable and intelligent rail technology. Our industry leading locomotives will offer exo and its passengers a sustainable travel option as well as a pleasant, safe and reliable travel experience," Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, CEO of Siemens Mobility in Canada. "This important project further builds on our work to help Canadian cities upgrade their public transportation infrastructures to meet the growing demand for transportation, and do so in a modern, safe and sustainable way." 

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