NJ Transit tests dual-drive locomotive

New Jersey-based New Jersey Transit Public Transportation Services Corporation (NJ Transit) has begun testing its ALP-45 dual drive locomotives. They are designed to run passenger trains on both electrified and non-electrified lines and operate at a maximum speed of 125 mph (over 200 km/h) in electric mode and 100 mph (160 km/h) on diesel traction. The locomotives will undergo dynamic and acceptance tests for approximately 6 weeks before entering commercial operation, reports Railway Supply magazine citing Railway Technology.

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Recently, the first locomotive began testing after a ceremony at Newark Penn station. In total, it is planned to replenish the fleet with 25 such locomotives, 8 of which have already been ordered and should be delivered in 2021–2022.

The new ALP-45 twin-engine locomotives meet the current stringent EPA Tier IV emission requirements.

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In addition, NJ Transit plans to purchase 113 new multi-level railcars to replace its 40-year-old Plus Arrow III rolling stock.


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