Cummins’ Hedgehog groomed for locomotive


Submitted photo / Cummins Inc. expects to sell 32 QSK95 engines to Siemens AG for use in high-speed passenger train locomotives. Introduction of the 95-liter engine with an output of about 4,000 horsepower, has prompted the company to invest $219 million in its Seymour facilities, creating an additional 290 jobs. The engine should be in full production sometime in 2015.

Cummins Inc. diesel engines built in Seymour will power passengers along high-speed trains in Illinois, California and three other states if the project stays on track.

Seymour Engine Plant is close to having a new customer for its QSK95, the 4,000-plus-horsepower behemoth known as the Hedgehog, the largest engine Cummins builds and the catalyst for a $219 million expansion in Seymour.

Spokesman Jon Mills confirmed that the Columbus-based engine maker is working on a contract with Siemens AG to produce 32 Hedgehogs for use in high-speed passenger train locomotives designed to reach 125 mph.

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