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CPR to test RailPower's Green Goat in winter conditions


Another Class I soon will be testing RailPower Technologies Corp.'s Green Goat™ hybrid switching locomotive. In early February, Canadian Pacific Railway expects to lease a unit for 90 days and test the locomotive in various winter operating conditions at its Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and Coquitlam, British Columbia, yards.

"This trial will provide CPR the opportunity to assess the Green Goat in our own demanding operations and consider how it might fit with our fleet of approximately 260 active yard locomotives," said CPR Senior Vice President of Operations Neal Foot in a prepared statement.

Union Pacific Railroad and short line Pacific Harbor Line Inc. previously tested 2,000-horsepower Green Goats, which feature a small diesel generator and long-life batteries. The locomotives are designed to reduce NOx and diesel-particulate emissions 80 percent to 90 percent, and fuel consumption, about 50 percent, compared with a conventional switcher.

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