Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (EMD) announced that it has obtained certification for operation of its Class 66 (JT42CWRM) locomotive in Romania. Romania becomes number 10 in the list of countries that have welcomed the Class 66 to operate on the tracks. The Class 66 has now been certified in the following countries: United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Romania.
Romania has already benefited from the high reliability and availability of EMD products, as EMD has just concluded a significant modernization program for CFR Calatori, the Romanian passenger railway. In that project 59 existing Romanian locomotives (including two prototypes) were rebuilt with new EMD engines, improving reliability, fuel economy and exhaust emissions.
The EMD 16-710 locomotive engine
The Romanian certification comes just on the heels of EMD’s acquisition of Turner Diesel Ltd.’s rail services business focusing on EMD locomotives, now called Electro-Motive Services International Ltd. A U.K. company, EMSI focuses on supporting EMD locomotives with comprehensive spare parts and maintenances services.
EMD Inc. has also introduced a new 710ECO repower product line offering solutions from 1491 to 2349 kW for repowering low- to mediumhorsepower locomotives. With this introduction, Electro-Motive provides a proven alternative to untried, multiengine
prototypes. The 710ECO repower solution allows railroads to leverage their fleet investment by updating older light-duty switchers with the latest microprocessor-controlled locomotive engine technology, for lower emissions, increased fuel economy, greater reliability, easier serviceability and predictable maintenance costs.
The 710ECO repower engine is certified to EPA Tier 2 locomotive standards and performs to even better levels. This environmentally friendly performance is achieved with up to a 25% savings in fuel consumption and over 50% lube oil savings augmented by a fully integrated automatic engine start/stop (AESS) system.
EMD has installed its microprocessor-based control system in over 5000 locomotives. The 710ECO Repower version operates all engine diagnostics and protects against excessive wheel slippage, to maximize tractive effort in all conditions. And the flexible software platform allows engines to be tuned for future emissions compliance.
Striving to further enhance its aftermarket service offerings to customers worldwide, EMD has acquired certain assets of ITS Rail Services. ITS is a premier supplier of technical services, training and publications for the railway industry. The company has successfully performed projects worldwide, including but not limited to, Canada, United States, Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Brazil, India, Zimbabwe and numerous other countries.
Following the close of the transaction, ITS will concentrate on offering training for locomotives on a global basis, undertaking international in-country locomotive rebuild projects and supporting EMD in consulting its customers.
EMD announced that Frans ZoetZoetmulder has joined EMD as regional director of Sales for Europe. Zoetmulder will be responsible for the sale of diesel locomotives in Continental Europe and will be based in the Netherlands.
EMD has carried out development work with Argonne National Laboratory and Wayne Sate University on spray characterization on the modular common rail injection system (MCRIS) for locomotive applications. System development has been supported by Robert Bosch AG at Argonne. EMD has fitted its four-stroke H-engine with a new version of MCRIS for testing. Camdriven unit injector systems and unit pump systems are currently being used in EMD two-cycle and four-cycle locomotive diesel engines, respectively.