US-based locomotive provider Motive Power & Equipment Solutions (MP&ES) has launched the Greenville TM MP1500, a new ultra-low emissions, Gen-Set locomotive powered by a combination of natural gas and diesel fuels.
The launch is part of the company’s strategy to provide a cost effective system that can meet the reliability and durability requirements of the railroad industry.
MP&ES claims that it has invested in technology, research and staffing in order to deliver affordable, natural-gas powered locomotives for switcher and short-line operations.
Over the past two years, the company has been evaluating technology options, as well as developing system designs for natural gas locomotives.
Along with its technology partner OptiFuel Systems, the company is conducting final power-system testing and calibration, along with full emissions certification.
MP&ES CEO and president David Wilkerson said: "Natural gas offers our customers an opportunity to greatly reduce their operating fuel costs while cutting emissions at the same time.
"The availability of low cost, US sourced natural gas provides an unprecedented opportunity for green locomotives."
MP&ES will begin taking orders for its Greenville TM MP1500 dual-fuel locomotives later in 2014, with other models to follow.
The Indiana Harbor Belt railroad company had selected MP&ES as one of a limited number of qualified vendors who are being considered for the conversion of 31 locomotives to natural gas.
Image: The Greenville locomotive is powered by a combination of natural gas and diesel fuels. Photo: courtesy of Motive Power & Equipment Solutions, Inc.