Old 01-20-2006, 02:11 PM   #1
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Omaha, Neb., January 19, 2006 Union Pacific Railroad is testing an environmentally friendly prototype diesel locomotive and is asking for bids to build 60 for use in Los Angeles Basin rail yards. This is part of UPs ongoing efforts to continue reducing air emissions in cooperation with federal, state and local environmental agencies.

The 2,100-horsepower locomotives are called "Generator-Set," or "Gen-Set," switchers.
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Old 01-20-2006, 04:05 PM   #2
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Saw a picture about that in the current issue of Trains. That's a better angle though. Its certainly an interesting design.
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Its certainly an interesting design.
Is 'interesting' a synonym for 'ugly?'
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Eh. Its not the worst design I've ever seen. But I will agree its not the prettiest either. Kinda interesting though since this is probably the first new centercab diesel in quite some time.
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I think it looks kind of cool. It would look good in N scale.
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Old 01-20-2006, 04:43 PM   #6
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I had heard it was built on a retired SP MP15 frame. They might have even used parts of the original cab.
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Old 01-20-2006, 06:58 PM   #7
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Thomas;

Don't you see a certain similarity between that UP loco and the one you use as your avatar? I think they look cool.


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Aye. I do. Like I had said earlier, its cool to see a new center cab switcher. Unless I am wrong (and I have been known to be) this is probably the first new one in awhile.
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Almost identical to the Alco C-415.

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National Railway Equipment (NREC) designed this engine.
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Almost identical to the Alco C-415.

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That's almost verbatim of what they stated in Trains.
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More info...

Loco was built using the frame and trucks of former Souther Pacific MP15DC No. 2690. Unit houses two 700-hp diesel engines. Unit break in will be performed at UP's Proviso Yard in Chicago before heading to southern California.
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I like that engine. I think it looks really good, unlike most modern engiens. It seems to be styled after older gingines like the C-415 (obvously). I'm hopeing to see abunch of those in yards soon. =D
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Anyone in the Mt. Vernon area, start looking for an influx of 4-axle units to be converted.


PR NEWSWIRE
Thu February 9, 2006 16:56 EST
Union Pacific Acquiring 60 New Generation Environmentally Friendly Locomotives for Los Angeles Basin Rail Yards
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Union Pacific Railroad today announced it has signed a contract with National Railway Equipment Co. to build 60 environmentally friendly low-emission diesel locomotives for use in its Los Angeles Basin rail yards. This is part of Union Pacific's ongoing efforts to continue reducing air emissions in cooperation with federal, state and local environmental agencies.
The new 2,100-horsepower locomotives are called "Generator-Set," or "Gen-Set," switchers. Each locomotive is powered by three 700-horsepower low-emissions U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) non-road Tier 3-certified diesel engines projected to reduce emissions of both nitrous oxides and particulate matter by up to 80 percent, while using as much as 40 percent less fuel compared to current low-horsepower locomotives. Union Pacific began studies and tests of the proto-type Gen-Set switcher locomotive in 2002. That locomotive is currently working in the Long Beach and East Los Angeles, Calif. areas.
"These 60 new low-emission yard locomotives continue Union Pacific's voluntary efforts to go beyond regulations, employing new technology to reduce emissions," said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific's vice president-environment and safety. "We have and will continue to work hard in building the most environmentally friendly locomotive fleet in North America. Union Pacific is committed to preserving our environment by reducing emissions."
Union Pacific will receive 30 of the new low-horsepower locomotives in 2006, with the remaining 30 to be delivered in 2007. These new locomotives will be used to serve customers and sort rail cars for outbound trains.
Currently, about 47 percent of Union Pacific's more than 8,200-unit locomotive fleet is certified under existing EPA Tier 0, Tier 1 or Tier 2 regulations which govern air emissions. That gives Union Pacific the most environmentally friendly locomotive fleet in the nation.
It is anticipated that these locomotives will receive California Air Resources Board (CARB) recognition as Ultra-Low Emitting Locomotives (ULEL), in addition to exceeding the EPA's stringent Locomotive Tier 2 standards. These ULELs are a direct result of Union Pacific's efforts to encourage development of ever-cleaner technology by its locomotive suppliers. The ultra-low emissions of these locomotives will help Union Pacific meet its commitment to CARB to reduce its fleet average nitrous oxide emissions inside the South Coast Nonattainment Area by 2010.
In addition to the emissions reductions that the Gen-Set switchers will achieve in the South Coast, a June 30, 2005, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among CARB, Union Pacific and BNSF Railway will further reduce diesel emissions in and around the state's rail yards. The important new agreement calls for reductions that will be greater and quicker than any that could have resulted from regulatory or state processes.
This was the second significant agreement of this type. The first one was signed in 1998 and covered nitrous oxide emissions (NOx) from locomotives. Under the first agreement, NOx levels from locomotives will be reduced by 67 percent in the South Coast Nonattainment Area. The June 2005 agreement represents the next logical step in the process and will reduce particulate matter (PM) emissions statewide.
CARB has estimated the MOU will reduce particulate emissions by approximately 20 percent at rail yards by June 2008 when all the program's elements are phased in. Union Pacific expects to spend more than $20 million implementing the program.
National Railway Equipment Co. is headquartered in Mt. Vernon, Ill.
/CONTACT: Mark Davis of Union Pacific Railroad, +1-402-544-5459; or Jim Wurtz of National Railway Equipment Co., +1-708-388-6002/
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NRE must have a lot of 4-axle units laying around, they still have the 40 4-axle unit order for BNSF too.
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its looks really very cool engine that leads to agood switching work in the yards.its remind me about the GADE900AC switching locos that used for switching in cairo and alexandria central yards in egypt.
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its looks really very cool engine that leads to agood switching work in the yards.its remind me about the GADE900AC switching locos that used for switching in cairo and alexandria central yards in egypt.
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"The 2,100-horsepower locomotives"
"Each locomotive is powered by three 700-horsepower low-emissions U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) non-road Tier 3-certified diesel engines"

2,100 hp, 3 diesels? What are they smoking? These units house two 700 hp diesels for a total of 1,400 hp. It's almost a perfect horsepower trade-off, trade in an old 1,500 hp SW1500 or MP15 for a brand new 1,400-hp, but low emissions, locomotive. That was the basic idea for this deal, keep the same horsepower range, but make the locomotive low emissions.
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here is apic of it caught by michael sender in cairo union station and these locos are used ofr switching passenger cars in cairo central station but i donot know how many of this locos are working also its switching in ELFARZ central shops and in alexandria central station.

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"The 2,100-horsepower locomotives"
"Each locomotive is powered by three 700-horsepower low-emissions U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) non-road Tier 3-certified diesel engines"

2,100 hp, 3 diesels? What are they smoking? These units house two 700 hp diesels for a total of 1,400 hp. It's almost a perfect horsepower trade-off, trade in an old 1,500 hp SW1500 or MP15 for a brand new 1,400-hp, but low emissions, locomotive. That was the basic idea for this deal, keep the same horsepower range, but make the locomotive low emissions.

They aren't smoking anything. The 60 new model locomotives that UP has ordered from NRE will be powered by 3 diesel engine/generator sets for a combined HP rating of 2100. This is a new design and not the same as the single GS14B centercab unit that was recently delivered to the UP. That unit was built on an MP15DC frame and barely had enough room for 2 diesel/generator sets. The 60 new units are to be built on refurbished GP7/9 frames so this will not interfere with the BNSF order for 40 GP38-2 rebuilds.

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They aren't smoking anything. The 60 new model locomotives that UP has ordered from NRE will be powered by 3 diesel engine/generator sets for a combined HP rating of 2100. This is a new design and not the same as the single GS14B centercab unit that was recently delivered to the UP. That unit was built on an MP15DC frame and barely had enough room for 2 diesel/generator sets. The 60 new units are to be built on refurbished GP7/9 frames so this will not interfere with the BNSF order for 40 GP38-2 rebuilds.

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Yep, I heard a rumor that NRE is interested in buying the ex-ICE GP9's from Progress rail for this 60-unit order.

The BNSF 40 unit order is split up to 4 different shops. 6 will be rebuilt at Dixmoor, 14 will be rebuilt at Mt. Vernon, 13 will be rebuilt at Silvis, and 7 will be rebuilt at VMV.
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From an ergonomics standpoint, is there an advantage to having the cab centered like this? Does the switching crew benefit from this?
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From an ergonomics standpoint, is there an advantage to having the cab centered like this? Does the switching crew benefit from this?
Sure does. 360* visibility for the crew.
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