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Modoc academy orders hybrid Green Goat switcher

The Modoc Railroad Academy recently placed an order with RailPower Technologies Corp. for one Green Goat® hybrid switcher.

The academy plans to use the 2,000-horsepower locomotive — which features a 130-horsepower diesel generator and long-life recyclable batteries — to train students on up-to-date equipment.

“This purchase represents the first part of our multi-million-dollar expansion program to keep our railroad education programs leading the industry,” said Modoc Executive Director S.L. Berdall in a prepared statement. “A Green Goat allows us to retire older, less efficient locomotives.”

Founded in 1995 and based in Sacramento, Calif., Modoc trains locomotive engineers, conductors and carmen for Class Is and regionals.

For more information on railroad training schools, see Progressive Railroading’s July issue, page 17.

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