Some of this stuff is absolutely hysterical.('
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO COMMERCIAL INTEREST IN NEW ALCO-POWERED LOCOMOTIVES IN THE US AND CANADA. PERIOD. END OF STORY.
THERE IS A RUMOR THAT A CERTAIN CHINESE OUTFIT WILL SEND A 6 MOTOR, AC/AC DEMONSTRATOR OF 4000-6000 HP TO OUR SHORES BEFORE THE DECADE ENDS. THEY ALREADY HAVE ALL THE BUILDING BLOCKS-ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IS INTEGRATE THEM INTO A PACKAGE THAT MEETS AAR RP'S, FRA REGS AND APPLICABLE EPA REGS. IT WON'T BE ALCO POWERED AND NO-IT WON'T BE SOLD AT WAL-MART.
For all you purists-it appears that the last Alco bastion-DLW-is slowly starting to falll. Sooner than later-DLW will be producing more GT46MACs than Alco-design units. The indigenousization
of EMD material continues. DLW's electrical equipment supplier, along with Siemens and other local suppliers, have constructed the first Indian built alternator, invertors and traction motors for these locomotives.
DLW has yet to get a reliable 4000 hp out of a 16-251 engine, and are only now developing EFI-working with a Indian subsidiary of Bosch. Eventually, a modified version of the EMD 3-motor truck is going to find its way under
DLW 6-motor units.