- Fifty-four years after its first delivery to the Canadian Pacific Railway as a new EMD GP9,
the locomotive returns to service as a newly repowered EMD GP22ECO with significantly improved tractive effort, reduced fuel consumption and certified emissions better than EPA Tier 2 -
June 4, 2008, LaGrange, IL - Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. today announced the delivery of one of its 710ECO™ Repower locomotives to a Class I railroad for long term product testing and evaluation in daily revenue service. This new solution allows railroads to leverage their fleet investment by updating older yard and road switchers with the latest microprocessor-controlled locomotive engine technology, for lower emissions, increased fuel economy, greater reliability, easier serviceability, and predictable maintenance costs.
EMD Product Manager Kevin Bahnline said, “The 710ECO™ Repower locomotives minimize fuel consumption while maintaining emissions compliance. 25% fuel savings and 50% lube oil reductions are especially important for railroads facing rapidly escalating costs. And up to 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions makes them eligible for both state and federal funding as clean air projects—meeting all relevant criteria with the most cost effective solution.”
710ECO™ Repower solutions include 8 cylinder, 2000thp and 12-cylinder, 3000thp EMD diesel engine options for both low and medium horsepower applications. This allows railroads to tailor performance to their specific requirements—increasing availability, reliability and utilization. The EM2000 microprocessor control system compiles complete engine diagnostic information and significantly increases all weather adhesion with tractive effort up to 87,500lbs. And unlike genset solutions, the 710ECO™ Repower locomotives can operate continuously at maximum rated horsepower.
710ECO™ Repower Highlights
Reduced Emissions with Fuel Efficiency - The 710ECO™ Repower engine is certified to EPA Tier 2 locomotive standards and performs to even better levels. This environmentally friendly performance is achieved with up to 25% savings in fuel consumption and over 50% lube oil savings—augmented by a fully-integrated Automatic Engine Start Stop (AESS) system.
Locomotive Reliability - The proven EMD 710 diesel engine has a 20 year record of reliability and serviceability in rugged locomotive applications. Its 15,000MWh overhaul cycle outlasts multiple-engine, genset solutions. And 90% parts commonality with existing fleets reduces spares inventory and makes service simple, with familiar tools and procedures.
Microprocessor Control – EMD has installed its microprocessor-based control system in over 5000 locomotives. The 710ECO™ Repower version operates all engine diagnostics and protects against excessive wheel slippage, to maximize tractive effort in all conditions. And the flexible software platform allows engines to be tuned for future emission compliance.
About Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.:
Founded in 1922, Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. is one of two U.S. original equipment manufacturers of diesel-electric locomotives. Headquartered in LaGrange, Illinois, with additional facilities in London, Ontario, EMD designs, manufactures and sells diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad applications and has sold its products in more than 70 countries worldwide. The Company is the only diesel-electric locomotive manufacturer to have produced more than 70,000 engines and has the largest installed base of diesel-electric locomotives in both North America and internationally. In addition to its locomotive manufacturing activities, EMD has an extensive aftermarket business offering customers replacement parts and a range of value-added services for its locomotives. The Company is also a global provider of diesel engines for marine propulsion, offshore and land-based oil well drilling rigs, and stationary power generation. In April 2005, Greenbriar Equity Group LLC, Berkshire Partners LLC, and certain related parties acquired EMD from General Motors Corporation. Additional information may be found at www.EMDiesels.com.