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  by RailVet
Railway Age, September 26, 2007

NREC provides U.S. Army's newest "recruits"

The U.S. Army rail program within the Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM) has just ordered two National Railway Equipment Co. 3GS-21B 2,100-hp, four-axle Ultra-Low Emitting N-ViroMotive GenSet locomotives to report for duty. The locomotives are being purchased by the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, which manages such equipment acquisitions for the U.S. Army. The acquisition comes under the Army Rail Modernization Plan, directed by Deputy Chief of Staff Gordon Schwerzmann at the Pentagon.

"This project supports the DOT’s strategic goal to promote transportation solutions that protect our national security," said U.S. Army Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Inter-Service Locomotive Management Committee Chairman George Gounley. His department is charged with "identifying the latest technologically advanced rail equipment and determining how this commercial equipment can benefit Army installations in their training and deployment missions."

The Army Rail Modernization Program, which falls under TACOM's Life Cycle Management Office, is a 20-year program to replace all of the Army's aging locomotives with "the latest commercial and environment friendly locomotives." "We are happy to be a part of the U.S. Army's rail modernization, providing locomotives that are ahead of their time in technology and efficiency," said NREC Vice President-Marketing and Sales Jim Wurtz. "They will serve the Army’s rail transportation needs very well for many years."

Each of the three generator sets in the locomotives incorporates a 700-hp, low noise, industrial-grade QSK19L (19 liter) engine equipped with NREC’s N-Force electronic control system. In addition to low emissions and fuel savings, the N-ViroMotive"s microprocessor-based electronic control system helps to improve tractive effort adhesion efficiency by 60-65% and significantly reduce maintenance requirements by 40-50%, says NREC. The locomotives meet Texas emissions regulations and exceed EPA Tier II regulations. NREC says they will operate with as much as 80% lower NOx emission levels and fuel efficiency 50% better than the older units they will replace. Delivery is scheduled for early- to mid-2008.

  by usa4624
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