Forget the Iron Horse, Here Comes the Iron Snake
GE – These GE Evolution Series locomotives, which are made in the U.S., come with special cooling systems to cope with the heat. They often pull a train of cars that weighs upwards of 26,000 tons and stretches 1.4 miles.
GE spent a decade and about $400 million to develop the locomotives. Each uses more than six miles of wiring and 250 sensors generating 9 million data points every hour to run as efficiently as possible. As a result, they use less fuel and produce 40 percent fewer emissions than their closest counterparts. They need just one gallon of diesel to pull a ton of freight 450 miles.
The Pilbara region of Western Australia is home to some of the world’s largest iron ore mines. But the area is also a remote and forbidding place where temperatures often climb to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. more> http://tinyurl.com/p5qweoc