National Railway Equipment Co. Completes Test of Ultra Low Emissions Locomotive at NOVA Chemicals

JOFFRE, Alberta — National Railway Equipment Co. announced that NOVA Chemical recently operated an NREC N-ViroMotive GenSet locomotive in an operational test at their facility here.

The locomotive, a three-engine 2100 HP (3GS-21B) 4-axle unit, is EPA certified and CARB recognized as an ultra-low emitting GenSet locomotive.

“Fuel conservation, protecting the environment and operational efficiency are vital to our operation,” said Fred Owens, rail-maintenance coordinator, Nova Chemicals. “We witnessed surprising performance with this locomotive and its remarkable fuel savings, ultra-low emissions and low noise. Another big plus for us is the N-ViroMotive’s outstanding tractive effort, which can improve operations efficiency in our rail yard,” Owens added.

According to officials, the operational advantages the N-ViroMotive locomotives include:

  • 80%+ reduction in nitrous oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions
  • 50% to 65%+ improved in tractive effort adhesion efficiency
  • Over 50% fuel savings capability in switching and road switching service
  • N-Force microprocessor-based electronic controls and modularized mechanical platforms which decrease maintenance requirements by 35% or more
  • Achieves the most stringent noise level requirements for off-road capital equipment

“We continually receive feedback from customers about the low emissions and fuel efficiency of these fuel-efficient road switcher locomotives,” said Jim Wurtz, NREC’s vice president marketing and sales. Already proven in service, these efficient GenSet locomotives are over five years ahead of future anticipated EPA emissions regulations for new switching locomotives.”

— Business Wire