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ElectromotiveAn Electromotive displayed May 2 at the BNSF Argentine Railyards significantly reduces emissions and saves fuel. (Staff photo)
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ElectromotiveKarl Brooks, right, regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Brian Edwards, left, vice president of Electromotive, toured the Electromotive on display May 2 at the BNSF Railyards. (Staff photo)
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ElectromotiveA BNSF employee talked about an Electromotive displayed May 2 at the Argentine Railyards. (Staff photo)
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ElectromotiveA view from the cab of the Electromotive, a cleaner, environmentally friendly locomotive on display May 2 at the BNSF Railyards in Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo)
BNSF and environmental officials displayed a cleaner, environmentally friendly locomotive today at the BNSF Argentine Railyard in Kansas City, Kan.
The repowered locomotive reduces emissions by 111 tons of carbon dioxide, 21 tons of nitrogen oxide and 3.3 tons of particulate matter per year and uses 10,000 gallons less fuel for the same operations, according to environmental officials.
On hand for the announcement today at the trainyard were officials from BNSF, the Environmental Protection Agency and Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Karl Brooks, regional EPA administrator, and Brian Moser, KDHE director, spoke.
According to officials with KDHE, more than $2.5 million in federal grant funds was spent in the $4.8 million project, in a partnership with the EPA, KDHE and BNSF.
Five automatic engine devices will shut down the locomotive to prevent unnecessary idling, according to environmental officials. The Mid-America Regional Council provided extra funds for an additional eight engine start-stop devices. Because of these devices, BNSF will reduce its fuel usage by an estimated 8,000 gallons a year, officials said.
Three of these repowered locomotives will be based in Kansas, said Brian Edwards of Electromotive.
“We’ve saved over 50 percent on emissions,” Edwards said. “We’ve also saved fuel.”
The locomotives went from 20-cylinder engines to 12-cylinder, with nearly the same amount of power, he added.