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NYCT to acquire 25 diesel-electric locomotives


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) last week entered into an agreement with Wabtec Corp. subsidiary MotivePower Inc. to purchase 25 diesel-electric locomotives for MTA New York City Transit.

The new R255 locomotives will replace diesel locomotives built between 1966 and 1977. 

The locomotives will have the capability to work in an all-electric mode within confined work zones for up to eight hours, and will be used to move work trains that must operate at job sites where third rail power is removed, MTA officials said in a press release.

The locomotives also will be equipped with cameras to capture images of the track, wayside and signals along the length of the track, as well as on-board monitoring and diagnostics systems that can help technicians maintain and repair the locomotives, agency officials said.

Funding for the $233 million order comes from the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Program. Deliveries will begin in 2023.

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