Engines of change

State-of-the-art locomotives stand ready to make their mark on what is ideally a power-hungry industry. Problem is, with traffic down, the railroads aren’t so hungry for new power.


Boston barnstormer

The 110-mph MPI HSP46 is the newest addition to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority regional rail locomotive fleet. MBTA is taking delivery on 40 HSP46 diesel-electric locomotives, nos. 2000-2039, built by Wabtec subsidiary MotivePower Industries.

MBTA bumps locomotive order to 40 units

MotivePower, a unit of Wabtec Corp., has signed a contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to supply 13 additional, next-generation HSP46 passenger locomotives to be delivered in 2014. The locomotives, which will be compliant with EPA Tier 3 and FTA Buy America, are manufactured in Boise, Idaho, with major components supplied by GE Transportation of Erie, Pa.