Monday, August 27, 2012

UP unveils key emissions-test locomotive

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor
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At its J.R. Davis Yard in Roseville, Calif., Union Pacific on Aug. 22 unveiled an advanced experimental locomotive, UP 9900 that will test three emissions-reducing technologies: exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), diesel oxidation catalysts (DOC), and diesel particulate filters (DPF).

UP 9900 is the signature unit in a series of 25 locomotives, developed jointly with Electro Motive Diesel, that UP announced earlier it will use in a test of various emissions-reduction techniques throughout California.

To create the space needed to install aftertreatment technology in the body of the locomotive, engineers reduced the engine size of a long haul locomotive. The railroad expects UP 9900 to move toward the Tier 4 standard with a 45% reduction in the oxides of nitrogen emissions compared to the Tier 2 standard and an 85% reduction in particulate matter emissions based on preliminary analysis.

Union Pacific and the California Air Resources Board will jointly analyze the locomotive's emissions-reductions capability during the next 18 months.