Genesee & Wyoming has completed the needed tests for two new EPA Tier 4-compliant low-emission locomotives which entered services on its subsidiary California Northern Railroad Company (CFNR).
Built by Knoxville Locomotive Works in Tennessee, the two new 2,400-horsepower diesel locomotives use selective catalytic reduction technology to meet the most stringent emissions requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The 12-cylinder MTU engines are expected to provide fuel savings of 25% and reduce diesel emissions – carbon dioxide and oxides of nitrogen, by 80% compared to the two circa-1976 locomotives being replaced.
The locomotives were purchased under a USD 3.7 million grant from California’s Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) which is the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region.
CFNR serves businesses on 412 km of track between Los Banos and Tehama, California, transporting approximately 25,000 annual carloads of diverse freight including agricultural products, animal feed, beer and wine, chemicals, cheese, construction products, lumber and steel.