With Railway Age since 1992, Bill Vantuono has broadened and deepened the magazine's coverage of the technological revolution that is so swiftly changing the industry. He has also strengthened Railway Age's leadership position in industry affairs with the conferences he conducts on operating passenger trains on freight railroads and communications-based train control.
New Jersey Transit Corp. unveiled the ALP45-DP, its first dual-powered locomotive, noting it also is the first of its kind in North America, at Newark-Penn Station Wednesday, immediately following its Board of Directors meeting. The locomotive was on static display on Track A (as seen below).
NJT says its has ordered 26 dual-powered locomotives from Bombardier Transportation. It did not disclose whether it still plans to exercise an option for an additional 10 units.
The single-cab locomotives, which can operate in both electrified (catenary) and non-electrified territory, will give NJT added flexibility within its rail network. One strong possibility is direct service to New York-Penn Station from all stations on its North Jersey Coast Line; at present, only municipalities under wire on the NJCL are served in such a manner. NJT could also use the Bombardier dual-power locomotives for services on its Hoboken Division, which also include a mix of electrified and non-electrified right-of-way.
M&ET currently operates seven Railpower GenSets, achieving reductions in diesel fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions of up to 45% and nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulates by 80%-90% per locomotive, according to Malay. “Since the beginning of the M&ET-Railpower relationship, both groups have worked hard in partnership to develop customer-friendly options for the GenSet locomotives,” he says. “M&ET is truly a pioneer in the green locomotive movement, as well as a respected contributor toward the evolution of the RP Series GenSets. We are excited to continue our partnershipwith the delivery of this order,”
R.J. Corman Railpower will deliver the remaining four RP20BDs later this year, providing on-site training, remote diagnostics, and field support.