CP Rail to test low-emission locomotives
May 6, 2008
Source: Canadian Pacific
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Canadian Pacific will test two environmentally friendly locomotives in
southern Ontario thanks to Transport Canada's ecoFREIGHT Program
announced Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Kathryn
"We commend Minister Cannon and his colleagues for helping us improve
the environment in the communities we serve," said McQuade. "The
Government of Canada's ecoFREIGHT program helps us test and prove
innovative products sooner."
Canadian Pacific has ordered two high efficiency National Railway
Equipment Company "GenSet" locomotives. The locomotives are unique in
that instead of one 2,100 horsepower diesel locomotive engine they
utilize three independent diesel engine GenSets to achieve the same
amount of total horsepower. Overall, the technology aims to achieve
significant fuel savings, ultra-low emissions and longer engine life.
"Moving goods long haul by rail is already much more fuel efficient and
safer than other modes of transportation," added McQuade. "We are always
looking for innovations that reduce our environmental footprint and make
rail an even cleaner mode of transportation."
Canadian Pacific's emissions per Revenue Tonne Mile (RTM) have decreased
almost one quarter (24.1%) since 1990 while RTMs have increased 37.4%
over the same period. RTMs are a standard measure of rail traffic
volumes. Additionally, CP has equipped three quarters of its existing
locomotive fleet with automatic engine start/stop technology, which
reduces emissions from idling locomotives.