All right... again, sorry for dropping the ball so frequently lately. Anyway, let's get talking about some trains again. Remember that a while ago, EMD announced a new diesel-electric high-speed locomotive for the North American passenger rail market that would be Tier 4 compliant? More information has surface over time and I guess now we have somewhat enough information to give this new comer some mention.
So this new locomotive is called the F125, a model number that's somewhat of a departure from the traditional scheme. Here the number 125 indicates the top speed of the locomotive, 125 mph. She will be a 4-axle locomotive, with a streamlined fill width monocoque car body designed by Vossloh (the brochure also says fabricated trucks, and given Vossloh's recent venture with diesel-electrics powered by 710s, my guess is the truck is probably also from Vossloh or some other German company). To ensure the locomotive is lightweight, she will not be powered by our favorite 2-stroke 710 engine. Instead, the F125 will be powered by the Tier 4 emissions compliant Caterpillar C175-20 engine pumping out 4,700 horses. The expected gross rail load of the locomotive is a mere 280,000 lbs., even lighter than the GRL of a modern North American standard 100-ton freight car (286,000 lbs. if you wonder).
Well, no pictures to share for now, but here's the brochure on EMD's website, have a look!