Four US-built locomotives are being shipped through Liverpool on the Atlantic Container Line weekly trans-Atlantic service for deliver to the rail freight operator Freightliner.The PowerHaul 70017 locomotives, each weighing 123 tonnes, are manufactured in Pennsylvania, and are the new generation of locomotives designed by GE Transportation to use less fuel and reduce carbon emissions whilst increasing network utilisation and reliability.
Two of the four new GE Transportation PowerHaul locomotives had arrived by February.
The locomotives are moved by rail to New York where they are loaded onto the ACL vessel. The locomotives are transported on mafi trailers capable of carrying up to 150 tonnes and on arrival in Liverpool, the mafi trailer and locomotive are moved by tug master to the Liverpool Container Terminal railhead. Here, the unit is lifted by a dual crane lift from the mafi onto the rail track.