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July 19, 2016

Metrolink launches first Tier IV locomotive in Los Angeles, US

Southern California's regional passenger rail system Metrolink has launched its first F125 diesel Tier IV locomotive at Los Angeles Union Station.

By Lopamudra Roy

Southern California's regional passenger rail system Metrolink has launched its first F125 diesel Tier IV locomotive at Los Angeles Union Station.

Metrolink was the first commuter rail agency in the US to buy Tier IV locomotives in 2013. It intends to add up to 40 new locomotives to its fleet, which will cost approximately $280m.

Metrolink's board of directors chair Shawn Nelson said: “Upgrading our fleet with Tier 4 locomotives has taken a great deal of support and collaboration.

“We could not have done this alone and we look forward to full implementation of the entire 40 locomotive fleet.”

The new engines of the Tier IV trains will also have up to 57% additional horsepower compared to the previous design, enabling Metrolink to commute people more quickly and safely.

"Metrolink’s new EMD F125 will be in line with the new US EPA Tier IV emissions standards."

California's state senate president pro tempore Kevin de León said: “Completion of Metrolink's first Tier IV locomotive is an important milestone in the effort to improve California's air quality.

“The emissions reductions promised by these state-of-the-art locomotives will lead to cleaner air and a healthier environment for the people of Los Angeles and Southern California.”

Metrolink’s new Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) F125 will be in line with the new US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier IV emissions standards. It has been designed and manufactured by US-based provider of railroad and transit system products and services Progress Rail, which is a subsidiary of construction machinery and equipment company Caterpillar.

Being manufactured at the EMD plant in Muncie, the first lot of the new locomotives is expected to commence service throughout the Metrolink system in late 2016 while the rest are expected to be in operation next year.


Image: Metrolink’s new F125 diesel locomotive displayed at Los Angeles Union Station. Photo: courtesy of Metrolink.

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