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Locomotive in the paint shop

Operator and auxiliary cabs


The finished product

Truck frames

Trucks in progress

Truck with speed sensor

Truck assembly

Painted trucks

FORTH WORTH, Texas -- Who doesn't love trains? Especially when they're being manufactured?

As part of Road Trip 2014, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman visited General Electric Transportation's massive facility here, a 1-million-square-foot factory where the company makes locomotives.

GE says these locomotives are the world's most efficient -- measured by generating the least emissions in the industry -- and are delivered to customers and are often hauling cargo the same day.

Here, a locomotive is inside the paint shop. Currently, all locomotives made in the Fort Worth factory are being sold to BNSF Railway, so this machine will soon sport the orange and black livery of BNSF.

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A completed locomotive weighs in at 440,000 pounds, and the platform it's built on alone weighs 120,000 pounds.

Here, GE staffers work to assemble a locomotive. The platform has been mounted on the trucks (wheels) and they've added the operator cab and the auxiliary cab -- the section where all the electronics are installed.

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Two giant diesel engines sit on the floor in the Fort Worth assembly facility, ready to be being built into locomotives. The engines are built in Grove City, Pa., and weigh 34,000 pounds. A train pulled by a couple of locomotives can haul a ton of freight 500 miles on a single gallon of fuel.

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A finished locomotive sits outside the Fort Worth facility. GE delivers to BNSF twice a week, and the locomotives are put into service immediately.

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A line of truck frames sit on the factory floor, awaiting their turn to have wheels and other systems installed.

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Locomotive trucks sit on the factory floor in various stages of build-out. Some have already had sensors and other systems added, while others haven't yet.

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A close-up look at a truck, including its speed sensor (the yellow cable).

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A worker puts together the various elements of a truck assembly.

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Two finished truck assemblies sit on the floor. They've already been painted and are now waiting to be integrated with a platform.

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