CSX Transportation (CSXT) and PSEG Power met this afternoon with state and local officials at the Trenton Transit Center to unveil new ultra-low emission GenSet locomotives to be operated in New Jersey.
The GenSet locomotives, manufactured by National Railway Equipment Company, reduce nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions by 80 percent and can create carbon dioxide emissions savings of approximately
50 percent by monitoring engine idling and switching to "sleep" mode after a period of inactivity.
"Clean air is good for New Jersey, it's good for our company and employees, and it's good for America," said Skip Elliott, vice president of public safety and environment, CSXT. "We are proud to operate this
GenSet switching locomotive, the first of its kind to be based permanently in New Jersey."
A total of three GenSet locomotives will be purchased in partnership by PSEG Power and CSXT. Instead of a large, single diesel engine and generator, the units have two smaller, EPA certified, ultra-clean diesel
generators which automatically power up to produce only the force needed to pull the required load.
"PSEG Power is always seeking opportunities to bring environmentally responsible, cost-effective technologies to New Jersey," said Eric Svenson, Jr., the company's vice president for environment, health and
safety. "Through our partnership with CSXT, we will be able to tangibly improve New Jersey's air quality for years to come."
The GenSet locomotives will be used to switch cars within CSXT's yards in New Jersey and can also be utilized for road switching service.
GenSet locomotives are significantly quieter than existing locomotives; they achieve the most stringent noise level requirements for off-road capital equipment.
CSXT has invested more than $1 billion to upgrade its locomotive fleet with technology that reduces fuel consumption and air pollutant emissions. Through these efforts, the company has improved its fuel
efficiency by approximately 80 percent since 1980.