OmniTRAX, STE unveil KLW Tier 4 locomotive

Written by Andrew Corselli, Managing Editor
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OmniTRAX, Inc. and the Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad (STE) recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new environmentally friendly locomotive at the STE depot in San Juaquin, Calif.

The locomotive, purchased with the help of a grant from the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Central District (UAPCD), is a KLW SE10B T4L unit built by Knoxville Locomotive Works (KLW) in Knoxville, Tenn. It is EPA Tier-4 compliant and delivers 1,050 HP from an MTU 2000 V12 prime mover and features a new paint scheme that matches the OmniTRAX brand.

OmniTRAX is currently working to ensure that STE’s previous locomotive, a 60-year-old SW 1200 class switcher, is preserved and finds a new home.

“Despite major reductions in emissions, the Valley continues to face difficult challenges in meeting federal air-quality standards,” said Samir Sheikh, Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer of the Valley Air District. “It will be difficult for the Valley to attain the standards for ozone and particulates without these innovative, low-emission locomotive projects.”

“This new state-of-the-art locomotive is the result of hard work by many individuals from the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Central District, OmniTRAX, KLW and other stakeholders, and will enhance the quality of life in Stockton and nearby communities. The Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad wouldn’t have been able to replace its old locomotive without their determined effort,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO, OmniTRAX.

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