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April 27, 2017   |   The Auburn Journal (CA)


Vision of the future: New diesel-electric locomotive bound for Auburn rail route

Labeled “next generation” locomotives by the state, Chargers are powered by 4,400 horsepower diesel engines that comply with EPA emissions standards. They reduce emissions by about 85 percent compared with most existing Capitol corridor locomotives.

Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes, a county representative on the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority board, said the new locomotives are also welcome because of the need to replace aging ones.

“We’re excited about it because it has the clean diesel,” Holmes said. “Environmentally friendly is a buzzword for locomotives.”

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