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EPA certifies Railpower's three-engine diesel 'Gen-Set' switcher


Railpower Technologies Corp. recently obtained U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification for the RP20-BD three-engine diesel road switcher.

The company is the first locomotive builder to obtain EPA certification for a three-engine “Generator-Set” or Gen-Set locomotive, Railpower said. RP-Series road switchers are designed to cut fuel usage up to 35 percent and reduce engine emissions about 80 percent.

In November, Railpower reached an agreement with an undisclosed customer to accelerate contract payment terms on a locomotive order. The deal included certain conditions, such as obtaining EPA certification for the RP20-BD switcher by Jan. 15, 2007.

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