New Jersey Transit launches dual-powered locomotive

31 July 2012 (Last Updated July 31st, 2012 18:30)

New Jersey Transit has launched a new dual-powered locomotive called ALP-45DP, the first locomotive in the US that can be powered by either overhead catenaries or twin diesel engines, at Montclair State University Station in New Jersey, US.

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New Jersey Transit has launched a new dual-powered locomotive called ALP-45DP, the first locomotive in the US that can be powered by either overhead catenaries or twin diesel engines, at Montclair State University Station in New Jersey, US.

Developed by STV, the new train saves fuel, reduces emissions and noise, and increases operational flexibility by operating in both electrified and non-electrified territories.

The trains are being introduced as part of New Jersey Transit's modernisation plan to replace its current 40-year-old diesel models.

STV senior vice president Christopher Holliday said: "With the ability to run under both diesel power and alternating current electric power, these new locomotives provide greater operating flexibility for our clients."

Design, inspection and test engineering support services for the project have been provided by STV, while the locomotives are being built by Bombardier in Kassel, Germany.

"The new locomotives will be capable of reaching 100mph in diesel mode and 125mph in electric mode, with the switch between the two taking around 100 seconds."

STV said that similar locomotives are being procured for Agence Métropolitaine de Transport in Montreal, Canada.

Benefits of the new models include better acceleration, more efficient operation, cleaner operation in electric mode, and reduced reliance on diesel fuel, meeting US federal emissions requirements.

The new locomotives will be capable of reaching 100mph in diesel mode and 125mph in electric mode, with the switch between the two taking around 100 seconds.

New Jersey Transit will use the diesel trains to operate rail services in non-electrified territories, including the Pascack Valley, Main / Bergen County and Raritan Valley lines, as well as the North Jersey Coast Line between Long Branch and Bay Head, and the Montclair-Boonton and Morris and Essex lines west of Dover.


Image: The new locomotives, designed, inspected and tested by STV, are being built by Bombardier in Kassel, Germany. Photo: courtesy of NJ Transit.