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Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey Transit officials yesterday marked the beginning of testing on the first of 25 new ALP-45 dual-power locomotives during a recent ceremony at Newark Penn Station.
“This locomotive is the first of 25 that will reinvigorate the NJ Transit fleet with new, environmentally friendly equipment," Murphy said in a press release.
The locomotives will undergo dynamic qualification and acceptance testing for about six weeks, at which time they will be prepared to enter revenue service.
The units produce zero emissions when running on electric power and have fewer emissions when running on diesel power than the all-diesel locomotives they are replacing, according to NJ Transit officials.
The ALP-45 locomotives are designed to operate push-pull passenger train service on both electrified and non-electrified lines at speeds up to 125 mph in electric mode and up to 100 mph in diesel mode.