• Consortium to develop "clean" loco technology

  • Discussion of General Electric locomotive technology. Current official information can be found here: www.getransportation.com.
Discussion of General Electric locomotive technology. Current official information can be found here: www.getransportation.com.

Moderators: AMTK84, MEC407

  by MEC407
 
A consortium led by GE, Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, and others, will be working to develop and test a number of new products to reduce locomotive emissions:

http://www.progressiverailroading.com/f ... p?id=11703

http://home.businesswire.com/portal/sit ... ewsLang=en

  by Allen Hazen
 
CP has more GE locomotives than CN, so curious that CN is the one who will test the new technology on modern GE power.
CP's test program is an eye-opener: consortium led by GE and one of the aims is to prolong the life of ... the EMD 645 engine!
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In the same general period when they were developing the GEVO engine, GE had a research program to reduce emissions on the FDL. (Engineering teams with GE members presented papers on both projects at, I think, the same engineering conference.) There's no reason in principle why emissions-reduction technology couldn't be applied to older FDL-engined types (B23-7, U23B...), but evidently GE decided some years back that keeping their older medium-power products in use on North American railroads wasn't a project worth investing in.