Battery shunting locomotive enters service in Ohio

all-battery electric locomotive Newburgh & South Shore Railroad (NSR), an affiliate of the comprehensive supply-chain and logistics solutions provider OmniTRAX, has deployed its first all-battery electric locomotive in Cleveland area which will significantly reduce the CO2 emissions.

The ceremony was attended by dignitaries from the Environmental Agency of Ohio, the Port of Cleveland, AMPS Traction, and NSR customers.

The new AMPS Traction G9 shunting locomotive, the first all-battery electric locomotive deployed by a short line railway in Ohio, will service its northern Ohio rail lines. The battery electric switching locomotive is a 250,000 lb. FRA compliant unit with technology to reduce fuel consumption by half and cut NOx emissions and particulate matter 77%. The national and regional rules of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce emissions of NO2 and NOx help state and local governments meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).

“The electric locomotives play an important role in our industry and AMPS Traction’s innovative technology is the perfect addition to our fleet. We will continue to invest in technologies that help keep our communities clean and safe, and we are thankful to Governor DeWine and Ohio EPA for the grant program that has made this emission-saving equipment upgrade possible,” OmniTRAX President and COO Sergio Sabatini said.

The NSR was selected as a grantee from the USD 75 million Diesel Mitigation Trust Fund, overseen by Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The Fund awards eligible applicants with grants that support the demonstrable improvement of air quality.

Based in Cuyahoga County, Newburgh & South Shore Railroad serves rail customers in the greater Cleveland area. The NSR was one of seven grantees awarded for projects that reduce emissions from diesel vehicles and equipment.

Newburgh & South Shore Railroad (NSR) operates in the heart of Cleveland’s interstate transport system. NSR was originally built as one of several railways in Ohio to serve U.S. Steel’s Cleveland area steel mills.


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