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March 3, 2016

Metrolinx receives prototype Tier 4-compliant locomotive from MotivePower

Metrolinx, the regional transport authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA), has received a prototype locomotive from Wabtec subsidiary MotivePower.

Metrolinx, the regional transport authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA), has received a prototype locomotive from Wabtec subsidiary MotivePower.

According to the supplier, it is claimed to be the first North American commuter locomotive to meet the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tier 4 emissions standards.

Originally, the locomotive was built by MotivePower five years ago and was repowered with new QSK60 diesel engines supplied by Cummins to meet the new emissions standards.

Compared with the locomotive’s original Tier 2-compliant engines, the new QSK60 helps to reduce diesel particulate emissions by around 85% and NOx emissions by around 75%.

The Cummins Tier 4 Locomotive certified QSK60 diesel engines will be capable of producing about 5,400 horsepower for traction and auxiliary train power.

"Cummins is pleased to partner with MotivePower and Metrolinx to bring the first Tier 4-certified commuter locomotive to North America."

The company noted that QSK60 meets the Tier 4 requirements using integrated selective catalytic reduction (SCR) exhaust after-treatment technology, which removes NOx from the exhaust stream, enabling reduced emissions and improved fuel efficiency.

Wabtec president Raymond Betler said: "MotivePower has a long history of building commuter locomotives for the North American market.

"This model demonstrates our ability to provide the latest technology, in keeping with our mission to help customers improve their safety, productivity and efficiency."

In addition, MotivePower has signed a $97m contract with Metrolinx to build an additional 16 Tier 4 locomotives that will be based on a similar platform and include AC propulsion.

Delivery of the new locomotives is expected to start in 2017.

Cummins Global Rail and Defense Business general manager Melina Kennedy said: "Cummins is pleased to partner with MotivePower and Metrolinx to bring the first Tier 4-certified commuter locomotive to North America."

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