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About Us

In an organization this large and diverse, there are many different career paths—but there’s also a common spirit. To us, the satisfaction of staying out front is worth the effort it takes to get there. If that sounds like you, keep reading.

On the Right Track

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, is at the forefront of the railroad revolution, with a blend of history and innovation that drives us each day.

Whether it rolls on the rails or comprises the rails itself, our products are operating in over 100 countries, and our people are working to make the next century of railroading as historic as the last.

Our History

Progress Rail Services began in 1983 and grew rapidly to become one of the largest suppliers of railroad and transit system products in North America.

In 2006, Progress Rail Services became a part of Caterpillar Inc. Electro-Motive Diesel, in turn, came aboard as part of Progress Rail in 2010. Electro-Motive Diesel started in 1922, pioneering the introduction of diesel-electric locomotives. EMD became a part of General Motors in 1930, and led the way in locomotive technology in the decades that followed.

Together, Progress Rail and EMD make up the Rail Division of Caterpillar. In 2016 the brand identity of both companies changed to Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company. The change reflects our commitment to setting the pace in modern rail technology as one team – whether it’s what rolls on the rails or it’s the rail itself.