|London, Ontario (2002)
The City of London, located in southwestern Ontario, is noted for its economic diversity and its significant contribution to the Canadian and North American railway industry as home to the assembly plant for General Motors Electro-Motive Division.
General Motors Electro-Motive Division is the world’s largest manufacturer of diesel locomotives for all commercial railway applications. While the company’s headquarters is in La Grange, Illinois, USA, final assembly of all GM locomotives takes place in London at a modern production facility. Diesel locomotives assembled in London are used not only on Canadian railways, but are also exported to customers world-wide.
Canadian railways have been leaders in purchasing modern fuel-efficient and high-horsepower locomotives assembled in London. Models such as the GM SD-70MAC provide highly reliable and versatile power, generating up to 4000 horsepower (3.0 MW) and using “AC traction” technology for the effective handling of freight on North American railways.
Both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railway provide scheduled freight service on mainline corridors to customers located in the city of London. The city also is located on Via Rail Canada’s central Canadian corridor between Windsor, Ontario, and Québec City, offering rail travellers a choice of destinations and flexible scheduling at a new downtown station recently opened by Via.
London’s continued role in powering the Canadian railway industry has been recognized through its selection as one of four communities inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame in 2002.