mxdata wrote:Since there was only one other posting in this entire category of rebuilders and smaller locomotive works so far this year, and we are now in March 2012, I just thought it would be fun to bring this priceless gem of a discussion back up to the top of the page again.
Well now it's July 2013, and while many things have happened, not too much in this forum has. Oddly, I didn't see a thread (or this thread updated at the time) with Railpowers' eventual fate, as related by Wiki
On June 18, 2009, R.J. Corman Railroad Group announced that it had completed its acquisition of Railpower's assets, although none of the company's liabilities. As a result of the acquisition, customers of Railpower were forced to renegotiate servicing contracts with Corman, as the warranties on the locomotives ceased when the old company was purchased. Corman plans to market genset locomotives exclusively, although company executives have not ruled out hybrid locomotives, saying that though they haven't been abandoned, they are not a priority. In the eight months after Railpower's acquisition, the company has delivered just two locomotives, although according to Corman, proposals have been issued for up to 50 locomotives during the next few years, and the company is confident that orders will resume.
Railpower delivered a single RP20D unit to the Port of Montreal in October 2010, followed by two more in the first quarter of 2012 and a fourth to follow later in the year.
Woot, 4 GenSets in 4 years!
So I guess the answer to my question of 7 years ago is now...really lously.
ETA, actually there was a thread about the Corman buyout at the time
, just nothing updated in this thread...