Friday, July 10, 2009

CP, Wisconsin & Southern get grant for emissions control

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Canadian Pacific and Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. will share $571,107 in stimulus funds, funneled through the state of Wisconsin, for the installation of devices to reduce diesel emissions for 40 locomotives.

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Milwaukee-based Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co., winner of Railway Age’s 2009 Regional Railroad of the Year Award, will install the devices on 34 switch locomotives. Wisconsin’s grant to CP will help the Class I railroad install devices on six locomotives.

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The Wisconsin project aims to reduce emissions from switch locomotives at rail yards and address the energy efficiency of rail fleets by installing automatic start/stop devices to control idling.

Idle reduction devices will reduce fuel consumption and emissions by 50% to 70%, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle said in announcing the funding.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources which, in turn, will direct the funds to the railroads.