Central California Traction Company (CCT) will be significantly reducing diesel emissions at their operations by using an Ultra-Low Emissions Locomotive (ULEL) from Brookville Equipment Corporation.

Locomotive #2101 joins the CCT fleet and replaces Locomotive #700 (GP9), due in large part to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (DERA).  Rail is already the most fuel-efficient, low-emission mode of surface transportation. Replacing Locomotive #700 with Locomotive #2101 will result in total project emissions reductions of Nitrogen Oxides, Hydrocarbons, Reactive Organic Gases, and Diesel Particulate Matter by an estimated 322.2 tons over 15 years.

Central California Traction Company, a 106 year old Company which is jointly owned by Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway operates 55 miles of track.  CCT serves over 70 customers at The Port of Stockton California and between Stockton and Lodi, California in the agriculture, food, canned goods, wine and manufacturing industries.  Upon receipt of the ULEL, CCT plans to use the locomotive in switch service in Stockton and on the Lodi Line. The locomotive will be responsible for switching two yards and seven major customers.

The Diesel Emission Reduction Program was created as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. DERA gave the EPA new grant and loan authority for promoting diesel emission reductions and authorized appropriations to the Agency of up to $200 million per year for fiscal year 2007 through fiscal year 2011.

Funding for this particular project (RFGP No. 10-405) was administered by California Air Resource Board (CARB)   “I want to congratulate Dave Buccolo and CCT for submitting an outstanding DERA project application,” said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols.  “This locomotive provides the San Joaquin Valley with an advanced technology that dramatically reduces emissions, and uses less fuel. It’s a clear example of how government and industry can work together to achieve both environmental and economic goals.”  

CARB evaluated and selected the recipients for the funding.  The locomotive will be operating 100% of the time within the San Joaquin Basin which is served by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.  Among the requirements to qualify for the funding, Locomotive #2101 is EPA Certified and ARB Verified in meeting federal and state operational codes.  The locomotive will comply with Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 49, Part 229 and Title 40, Part 1033.

CCT General Manager Dave Buccolo indicated he is excited about the opportunity to introduce Locomotive# 2101 in the Stockton and Lodi area.  Central California Traction is committed to providing the safest, best, and the cleanest rail transportation services in the San Joaquin Valley.

“It was tested at our facility here in the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin for five weeks and at the end of the demonstration period, we found this unit exceeded our expectations and was superior to the other genset locomotives CCT had tested.  The demonstration resulted in a 51% fuel savings over our current locomotives, with an 81.66 % reduction in NOX and a 73.54% reduction in PM, stated Buccolo. 

“We have made significant progress in cleaning up our air, but the unique challenges that we face in San Joaquin Valley make emissions-reduction projects like these even more important,” stated Supervisor Leroy Ornellas, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District governing board member. 

BROOKVILLE defines CoGeneration™ as a process where power is generated by two or more sources simultaneously or individually to achieve maximum efficiency and minimum emissions.  In this particular instance, Locomotive #2101 is a GP-38 platform powered with three (3) Cummins QSK-19 Liter diesel engines.  The concept is a power-on-demand approach. 

Engines are only used when needed and quickly brought “online” with the TECU control system manufactured by TMV.  While providing such advantages as greater fuel reduction and lower emissions, the advanced features of CoGeneration™ allow it to be environmentally friendly without sacrificing the performance and productivity of conventional single engine locomotives.  

BROOKVILLE’s CoGeneration™ locomotive offers inverter controlled individual traction motor control allowing for higher productivity due to the increased wheel slip side control.  Also the locomotive is equipped with an inverter controlled dynamic brake, in conjunction with the individually controlled traction motors, the dynamic brake allows for functional dynamic braking down to near zero speeds.  The energy recovered from the dynamic brake is used to power the accessory loads on the locomotive. Because the dynamic brake is also blended into the trainline brake system, power can be recovered even during slow speed yard switching applications and not just during higher speed haul situations.

The locomotive package was built and designed in Brookville, Pennsylvania by Brookville Equipment Corporation.  “We are excited about the opportunity to provide an extremely fuel conservative, ultra-low emission locomotive with the reliability the railroads need and expect,” said BROOKVILLE President Larry Conrad.

For more information about BROOKVILLE CoGeneration™ Locomotives, please contact Brookville Equipment Corporation at 814-849-2000 or info@brookvillecorp.com or the Central California Traction Company at 209-466-6927 www.cctrailroad.com

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