BNSF/Wabtec Battery-Electric Road Locomotive

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BNSF/Wabtec Battery-Electric Road Locomotive

Post by mtuandrew » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:48 pm

Was not expecting to see this press release: ... otive.html

BNSF and project partners are developing and will soon begin testing a battery-electric high-horsepower road locomotive (the type that moves freight trains from Point A to Point B). BNSF and other railroads have tested low-horsepower battery-electric locomotives in rail yards for years, but mainly for switching freight cars.


In 2018, BNSF and Wabtec (formerly GE Transportation) joined forces to begin developing a 100-percent battery-electric road locomotive prototype that works with conventional diesel locomotives to make a battery-electric hybrid consist. (Consist refers to when two or more locomotives are coupled together.) Performance testing of the hybrid is expected to begin in late 2020.
Sounds like it’s based off the ES44AC, but with 50,000 Li-ion batteries replacing the GEVO-12 prime mover. Kind of a road slug but with regenerative braking and power boost.

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Re: BNSF/Wabtec Battery-Electric Road Locomotive

Post by es80ac » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:29 pm

Hope this does not mean the railroads will be springing up catenary all over the place in the future. Eletrified railroad certainly destroy the view and ambiance.

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Re: BNSF/Wabtec Battery-Electric Road Locomotive

Post by MEC407 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:57 am

No catenary. The batteries will be recharged by the dynamic brakes.
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