From Steam to Green

KLW 2250 and Southern 154 in front of the KLW shop, 2013

KLW 2250 and Southern 154 in front of the KLW shop, 2013

Knoxville Locomotive Works was established in 1998 to fulfill the need of servicing the Gulf & Ohio Railways locomotive fleet. Over the past 15 years, G&O has sold many of its short line railroads, allowing KLW to focus on the development and production of its line of single-engine green locomotives, as well as to provide maintenance, upgrades, and/or repairs for clients that range from Class I railroads to small industrial operations. Since its establishment, KLW has repowered, upgraded, repaired, and/or remanufactured over 400 locomotives, with many more locomotives in the queue. 

With a rich background of locomotive servicing, KLW entered the green locomotive market in 2011 with the completion of its first green locomotive repower, the KLW 2250. Since its completion, the KLW 2250 has had successful demonstrations at three Class I railroads and multiple industrial sites, propelling KLW to be one of the preferred locomotive repower solutions. Today, KLW's single-engine repower product line features four different locomotive models that range from 1,000 hp up to 3,200 hp, allowing KLW to provide repowered locomotives and kits to operations of any size. 

At the beginning of 2014, KLW stepped out from underneath the Gulf and Ohio Railways umbrella, becoming its own company. Today, KLW and G&O are separate but affiliated companies that continue to work closely together on developing and producing the best green locomotives available in North America and beyond.