Monday, August 03, 2009

Progress Rail Services lands locomotive overhaul contract

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MTA Metro-North Railroad has awarded a $7.9 million contract to Progress Rail Services of East Chicago, Ind., to overhaul six 3,000-hp F40PH locomotives in use on its West of Hudson service. The overhaul will include new, larger fuel tanks for more efficient operations, and will help improve train operations and metro-north-f40.jpgprovide more reliable service for Port Jervis and Pascack Valley line customers. Both lines originate at NJ Transit’s Hoboken Terminal and are operated by NJT. Work will be performed at Progress Rail Services’ Mayfield, Ky., facility.

The overhaul includes rebuilt main diesel engines, main and auxiliary generators, and new HEP (head-end power) generator sets for passenger coach lighting, heating, and air conditioning. Planned engine modifications will meet the January 2010 EPA emission requirements for newly remanufactured engines to reduce PM (particulate matter) and NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions. Progress Rail Services will also replace the locomotives’ 1,800 gallon fuel tanks with 2,500 gallon tanks to reduce the amount of time they need to be out of service for fueling at Hoboken Terminal. Completion is set for December 2011. The contract has a $2.6 million option to overhaul two additional F40 locomotives by June 2012.

Metro-North’s West of Hudson locomotive fleet consists of 15 units—eight F40PHs and seven GP40s. The latter were overhauled by the MotivePower Division of Wabtec, Boise, Idaho, between 2006 and July 2008 at a cost of $8.1 million.