The purchase is an option from an order for 17 ALP-45A locomotives made in December 2017 and follows other fleet purchases by NJ Transit since 2018, which includes 113 Bombardier Multilevel III EMUs.

The dual-powered locomotives can operate both on 12.5Kv 24Hz and 25kV 60Hz electrification and are also equipped with diesel engines for operation on non-electrified lines. The locomotives are capable of speeds of up to 200km/h on electric power, and 160km/h using diesel.

The locomotives will also offer an increase in horsepower, acceleration and head-end power, and feature upgraded diesel engines and an after-treatment system to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier IV emissions standards.

The new fleet will replace NJ Transit’s older PL-42AC series diesel locomotives, manufactured between 2003-2006, and are expected to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by around 52 tonnes per year.

Other features include self-rescue systems, improved diagnostics capabilities and upgraded pneumatic systems.

“This purchase aligns with our recently released 10 Year Strategic Plan and Five Year Capital Plan,” says Mr Kevin Corbett, president and CEO of NJ Transit. “These locomotives are far more environmentally friendly and will result in improved reliability and on-time performance, reducing service interruptions for customers.”

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