Locomotive Upgrades

by Brittany Harris on March 7, 2011 at 6:13 am

A locomotive train is being renovated to help reduce emissions for residents in Newark.

Funding from a public-private partnership allowed Ohio Central Railroad to replace a larger diesel engine on one of its locomotives, with two smaller computer controlled diesel engines. By doing so, it will help reduce emissions and save on fuel costs.

"We’re taking all of our data, looking at the fuel savings and using that as a justification. As the fuel prices go up, it’s going to make this kind of investment a lot more favorable for us going forward," said President of Ohio Central Railroad David Collins.

The locomotive that was upgraded was originally built in the 1950’s. Collins said this is a part of their green initiative.

"It’s really something that allows us to be in the niche, and at the front end of technology and allows us to see how it goes and maybe this could be the wave of what we’ll be doing in the future with other units like this," he said.

It will be used in the Newark area for local industry.