RAILWAY AGE at RAILWAY INTERCHANGE 2019: Hotstart’s new BCU (Battery Charging Unit) provides float charging to batteries, allowing them to maintain their available voltage. It’s designed for use in locomotives, heavy equipment, mobile applications and other battery installations.
Extreme cold doesn’t have to have an extreme effect on railroad operations and maintenance. As published in the August 2018 issue of Railway Age, following are several examples of how the supply industry has warmed up to the task.
Spokane, Wash.-based HOTSTART, a leading developer and manufacturer of diesel engine block heaters, is celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2017.
An APU (auxiliary power unit) idle reduction system that requires a smaller installation footprint, and electric coolant/lube heating systems that feature a more-user-friendly, simplified design are among the technologies showcased by HOTSTART at Railway Interchange 2015 (Booth 3131, RSI).
BNSF Railway is retrofitting 11 of its locomotives with Hotstart idle-reduction technology “to reduce emissions and conserve fuel in Washington” state, with the pool of locomotives to operate out of BNSF rail yards in Spokane and Pasco, Wash. (pictured).