Jul 23, 2009

New engine has half the diesel particulate matter emissions.

Amtrak California Repowers Toward a Greener Future
"This is really a big step for Caltrans. We took a proactive role to get a cleaner locomotive on the tracks, and we're proud to see this project through. It aligns with Governor Schwarzenegger's objectives to clean up Caltran...

The Caltrans locomotive was upgraded (by EMD) with the latest microprocessor-controlled locomotive engine technology for lower emissions, increased fuel economy, greater reliability and predictable maintenance costs.

The newly upgraded locomotive will now achieve EPA Tier 2 emissions performance - two levels cleaner than required for this model.

Amtrak California is operating fifteen of the F59PHI locomotives and the goal is to convert the entire fleet to this new cleaner performance level, eventually reducing operating emissions by nearly 50 percent.

Read full press release here