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Fort Worth & Western acquires two Gen-Set switchers


The Fort Worth & Western Railroad (FWWR) recently purchased two 1,400-horsepower generator-set locomotives from National Railway Equipment Co.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified locomotives are designed to reduce nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions between 50 percent and 80 percent, and cut fuel usage up to 40 percent compared with a conventional switcher. The Gen-Set units will help the 276-mile short line meet stricter air emission standards in Texas.

“We are determined to continue our search for new technology to gain emission benefits and fuel economy in order to improve the quality of the environment and reduce fuel consumption,” said FWWR President Steven George in a prepared statement.

Owned by Tarantula Corp. and formed in 1988, FWWR interchanges with BNSF Railway Co., Kansas City Southern and Union Pacific Railroad. The short line provides service from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to San Angelo Junction, Texas.

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