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July 23, 2019   |   International Railway Journal


Genesee & Wyoming low-emissions locomotive tests completed

UnitedStates regional and short line railway operator Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) has completed trials with two new United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4-compliant low-emission locomotives, which have now entered service with its subsidiary California Northern Railroad Company (CFNR).

Built by Knoxville Locomotive Works in Tennessee, the 1.7MW diesel locomotives use selective catalytic reduction technology to meet the highest EPA emissions requirements. The 12-cylinder MTU engines are expected to provide fuel savings of 25% and reduce CO2 and NOx emissions by 80% compared with the two 43-year-old locomotives being replaced.

“The Air District is on a course to be diesel-free by 2033 in the Bay Area, and these cleaner engines will help the region reduce diesel while newer diesel technology is being developed,” says Mr Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District.

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