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Sixth 'Next-Generation' Genset Locomotive

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06/23/2009 AT 07:24

This locomotive's arrival brings Union Pacific's Genset fleet to 165, the world's largest and almost one-half of all built.

This version of the Genset switcher employs six traction motors for increased power over the previous Gensets, which operated on four traction motors. The newer model maintains all the environmentally friendly standards of the previous Genset model.

"Genset locomotives can handle all rail yard duties and continue to be the standard bearer for new U.S. yard locomotives," said Mike Iden, Union Pacific general director, car and locomotive engineering. "We constantly are looking for ways to make our operations more efficient and safe. This next-generation Genset technology is maturing, while being able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent compared to older switching locomotives." Currently, every major U.S. railroad operates Genset locomotives, as does one Canadian railroad and even a South American railroad. The original prototype Genset locomotive was delivered to Union Pacific in late 2005.

One of the Genset's primary advantages is that its environmental benefits truly are calculated on a "well to wheels" basis, which means looking at exhaust emissions on a complete life-cycle basis starting with the origin of the fuel or energy source down to the work performed.

"A lot of work is ongoing in terms of developing new and better locomotives and other vehicles," Iden said. "When calculating true fuel savings or greenhouse gas emission reductions, it is important to include every step in the process as we do with the Genset."

Genset locomotives use readily available diesel fuel, as do older locomotives, but significantly less of it.

The ultra-low emitting Genset locomotives reduce emissions of the oxides of nitrogen (which contribute to smog and ozone formation) by up to 80 percent and particulate matter by 90 percent compared to older switching locomotives. And, because Genset locomotives use up to 37 percent less fuel than older locomotives, their greenhouse gas footprint is that much lower. Genset locomotive emissions typically are 50 percent better than current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory limits for new locomotives.

"Union Pacific operates the world's largest Genset fleet, and we will continue to use our hybrid locomotive experience to develop more advanced and cleaner locomotive technologies in the future," Iden said.

UP : $27 Million for Track Improvements

Trains will operate more efficiently as a result of more than $27 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its line between Henry, Neb., and 25 miles east of Lusk, Wyo.

Track Improvements between Bluff and Neelyville

Motorists will spend less time at crossings waiting for trains to pass with trains operating more efficiently as a result of the more than $3 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its line from Poplar Bluff-to-Neelyville, Mo.

Track Improvements to Its Excelsior to Allerton

Motorists will spend less time at crossings waiting for trains to pass with trains operating more efficiently as a result of more than $4 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its Excelsior Springs, Mo., to Allerton, Iowa, line.

$6 Million for Track Improvements from Kansas City

Motorists will spend less time at crossings waiting for trains to pass as a result of more than $6 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its Kansas City to Jefferson City line. The track improvements will allow trains to operate more efficiently on the route.

$4 Million for West Chicago Line

Motorists will spend less time at crossings waiting for trains to pass as a result of $4 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its West Chicago Line.

$8 Million for Northeast Illinois Line

Motorists will spend less time waiting at crossings for trains to pass as a result of $8 million in track improvements being made by Union Pacific Railroad to its Northeast Illinois line.

A New Train Control For Los Angeles Area By 2012

Union Pacific Corporation announced that it has developed an implementation plan that should deliver Positive Train Control (PTC) technology to UP rail lines shared with commuter lines in the LA region in the year 2012.

Missouri Provides $5 Million For Improved Service

Reliability of Kansas City to St. Louis trains operated by Amtrak for the Missouri Department of Transportation can improve, thanks to $5 million provided by the Missouri state legislature and approved by Gov. Matt Blunt to increase track capacity on the route.

Track Improvements on Omaha Main Line

Union Pacific Railroad is investing $3.8 million this year on track improvements between Council Bluffs, Iowa and Fremont, Neb.

Expanded Service Hours for UP

Union Pacific's capacity at the Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico, rail border crossing has increased due to an extended hours-of-operation test authorized by U.S. and Mexican customs officials.

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