MP&ES Unveils Natural Gas Locomotive

Motive Power & Equipment Solutions (MP&ES) has introduced the Greenville™ locomotive, an ultra­‐low emissions Gen Set locomotive powered by a combination of natural gas and diesel fuels.

“Natural gas offers our customers an opportunity to greatly reduce their operating fuel costs while cutting emissions at the same time,” said MP&ES CEO and President David Wilkerson. “The availability of low cost, US sourced natural gas provides an unprecedented opportunity for green locomotives. MP&ES has invested heavily in technology, research and staffing to be at the forefront of delivering highly affordable, natural gas powered locomotives for switcher and short line operations.”

MP&ES has been evaluating technology options and developing system designs for natural gas locomotives for more than two years. MP&ES, with its technology partner OptiFuel Systems is now conducting final power system testing and calibration along with full emissions certification. The company, which manufactures a line of locomotives under the MP designation, expects to begin taking orders on its Greenville TM MP1500 (1500Hp) dual fuel locomotives later in 2014, with other models to follow. Recently, MP&ES was selected by the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Company (IHB) as one of a limited number of qualified vendors being considered for the conversion of 31 locomotives to natural gas.

Press Release, April 22, 2014; Image: MP&ES

 

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