Our History

Tractive Power Corporation history and innovation

Tractive Power’s History


Tractive Power Corporation was formed in 2010 to provide new and innovative products and technologies for the rail industry. The company’s founder, Frank Donnelly, is a well known innovator in the locomotive industry, with numerous patents in his name. His achievements include re-powering a large part of BC Rail’s mainline fleet and founding RailPower Technologies Corp., where he designed and built the industry’s first hybrid locomotive. At Tractive Power, he has assembled a talented and committed team with significant rail industry expertise to take on the challenge and assume the lead in developing fuel efficient rail industry technologies. The first product is the TP56, with the prototype completed in 2014 – a 3 axle rail car mover/ industrial switcher that offers an efficient, economical and low emission solution to the needs of large, rail based facility operators. In June of 2014, Tractive Power announced that the TP56 prototype was put into service in a demonstration at Parrish & Heimbecker in Cloverdale, BC.