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4/25/2005



Rail News: Mechanical

Railroad doing its part to reduce air pollution, CPR says


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In honor of Earth Day, Canadian Pacific Railway recently reviewed the measures it’s taken during the past few years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Class I has acquired high-powered, energy-efficient AC-traction locomotives; purchased 35 hybrid battery powered Green Goat@ switchers; increased the use of distributed power; and outfitted locomotives with fuel-saving devices, such as stop/start systems.

The railroad also changed operating practices and restructured its network to save fuel, lubricated track to reduce friction between wheels and rail, and forged co-production/directional running agreements with other railroads to reduce the number of trains operating in a region.

“The transportation sector produces one-quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, but rail produces less than 4 percent of the transportation sector's environmental air emissions while hauling more than 60 percent of Canada's goods," said CPR Senior Vice President of Operations Neal Foot in a prepared statement. "CPR is continuing to explore more technology to make our operations even greener."


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