Monday, May 03, 2010

New York & Atlantic locomotives going green

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A $1 million U.S. Department of Transportation CMAQ (CongestionMitigation and Air Quality) grant will enable the New York & AtlanticRailway, which operates MTA Long Island Rail Road’s freight service, to loweremissions from its 11-unit locomotive fleet by approximately 35%.

 

nya_emd_mp15ac_159.jpgNY&A will be installing automatic engine start-stop systemsand engine pre-heating equipment on its fleet of EMD GP38-2, SW1001, and MP15AC(pictured) locomotives. A.S.T. Transportation Engineering, a division of Angewandte SystemTechnik Gruppe, Germany, is supplying the pre-heating equipment. An enginestart-stop system supplier will be selected once the CMAQ grant, which isadministered by the State of New York, is finalized. A.S. T.’s technology runsoff the locomotive’s batteries for up to 48 hours, rather than a separatediesel engine. It will work in tandem with the start-stop system, but also isequipped with an onboard  plug-inbattery charging device that runs off 120 volts a.c. This setup, according toNY&A, will work well because the railroad’s relatively small fleet is kept atone location.

 

The NY&A, a division of Anacostia & Pacific, moves about18,000 carloads annually for more than 85 businesses located along the LIRRsystem. The railroad has operated the LIRR’s freight concession since 1997.