Ecofriendly locomotives for Class I railways
US manufacturer Progress Rail is supplying up to four EMD Joule battery electric locomotives to BNSF Railway (BNSF). Supported in part by grant funding, the locomotives would replace BNSF diesel units operating in Southern California, with charging systems for continuous operation.
Progress Rail will deliver the first battery electric locomotive with eight MWh of storage capacity, making the SD70J units the largest battery electric locomotives in North America.
When delivered in 2024, the BNSF locomotives will operate in yards and routes in Southern California. Progress Rail will supply two charging stations. (ben)