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UP leases 'green' yard-switcher locomotive


Union Pacific Railroad has signed a one-year demonstration lease for RailPower Technologies Corp.’s "Green Goat"™ hybrid yard switcher locomotive. The unit will be based at the Class I’s J.R. Davis Yard in Roseville, Calif.

Designed to reduce locomotive exhaust emissions, the switcher should enable UP to reduce fuel use and the need for maintenance, as well as boost productivity, said Michael Iden, UP general director, car and locomotive engineering, in a prepared statement.

"It also has no impact on our fueling infrastructure as both its two-generator modalities — conventional engine and microturbine — use standard diesel fuel," he added.

Vancouver-based RailPower currently is marketing the switcher in California, Texas and New York — "markets of environmental sensitivity," President Gerard Koldyk said in a prepared statement.

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