NYAB: New Technology at Railway Interchange

Written by Andrew Corselli

RAILWAY AGE at RAILWAY INTERCHANGE 2019: New York Air Brake (NYAB) is showcasing several new or enhanced locomotive and railcar technologies at Railway Interchange in Minneapolis. Among these are the LD-1000® Air Dryer, Oil-Free Air Compressors, CCB II, DB-60 II™ with BCM™, Locomotive Parking Brake, and Angle Cock Repair Cartridges.

The LD-1000® Air Dryer “increases motive power and rolling stock availability by providing dry, clean air with best-in-class life-cycle costs,” NYAB notes. “The LD-1000 provides superior pre-filtration, allowing for a 10-year overhaul interval, including dessicant, even when used with an oil-lubricated compressor.

The CCB II (Computer Controlled Brake) consists of the EBV (Electronic Brake Valve) and EPCU (Electro-Pneumatic Control Unit). “As a result of FRA inspections and close monitoring of performance standards, CCB II qualifies for a cost-reducing, extended overhaul period of up to 10 years,” NYAB said. “The most field-proven locomotive computer-controlled brake in the world, CCB II integrates seamlessly with EP-60 and LOCOTROL EB.” The EBV portion, available in traditional AAR-style control stand or desktop (console) configuration, “has fewer parts, non-contacting handle sensors,” and a new ER reduction button with auto-bail, “allowing the engineer to reduce brake pipe pressure 1 PSI at a time.”

NYAB is a leading supplier of oil-free air compressors, for which “the only outputs are a little water and a lot of compressed air. Improved motor performance means no motor rub, and reduced energy consumption consumes less fuel.” These units also “enable longer air dryer life, as eliminating oil leads to less downstream contamination of both the air brake system and air dryer—absolutely oil-free air, no more oil-water emulsion problems, and no oil to leak, transport or discard.”

NYAB’s DB-60 II “uses BCM (Brake Cylinder Maintaining) to quickly replenish brake cylinder pressure when a leak occurs, preserving up to 85% of the braking force lost to brake cylinder leakage.” This a common problem in extremely cold areas.

NYAB’s new Locomotive Parking Brake, which the company describes as “a reliable, maintenance-free and durable parking brake solution for today’s locomotive,” offers drop-in replacement for—and compatibility with—most locomotive applications, no manual switch between electric and manual mode, robust electrical connections and IP-66 rated motor, and an external Ethernet port that simplifies software updates, diagnostics and service if ever required.

NYAB’s new Repair Cartridges for angle cocks “save time, reduce cost, eliminate lost parts, are reliable and rugged, and available for all product variants.”

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