GE Transportation Touts Engines, Fuel Technology and Web Applications at Railway Interchange 2013
The following breakthrough technologies are featured at Railway Interchange booths 4053 & 5043:
- Evolution® Series Advance Power 4 Engine
- NextFuelTM Natural Gas Retrofit Kit with Dual Fuel Technology
- RailDOCS Hours of Service and Bridge Structure Inspection System Web-Based Applications
INDIANAPOLIS – September 30, 2013 – Advanced technologies from GE (NYSE: GE) and GE Transportation, a world-leading provider of innovative rail products and services, are on display at Railway Interchange through October 1.
GE’s latest technologies are helping drive productivity and create sustainable outcomes for customers. These technologies help solve complex rail challenges, reduce operating costs, decrease fuel use, minimize downtime, increase safety and improve environmental performance.
Evolution Series Advance Power 4 Engine
GE Transportation’s new Evolution Series Advance Power 4 locomotive meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stringent Tier 4 emission standards without the use of any type of aftertreatment. GE expects that the Advance Power 4 will be the first mainline locomotive on the market to meet such standards.
Part of the ecomagination-certified Evolution Series, this locomotive will decrease emissions by more than 70 percent and will save railroad customers more than $1.5 billion in urea infrastructure and operational costs. GE Transportation has invested $600 million in the Evolution Series since its introduction in 2005 and started field testing a Tier 4 compliant locomotive along 100 miles of track through western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. Additional field testing will take place in the near future.
NextFuel Natural Gas Retrofit Kit
GE Transportation’s new NextFuelTM Natural Gas Retrofit Kits enable existing Evolution Series locomotives to operate with dual fuel capabilities. This gives railroads flexibility to run on both diesel fuel and liquid natural gas (LNG) with up to 80 percent gas substitution as well as run 100 percent diesel. GE’s NextFuel kits allow railroads to use natural gas as a fuel source, reducing emissions and potentially reducing fuel costs by 50 percent while not compromising performance.
GE has been testing this low-pressure natural gas technology since spring of 2013, and is working closely with its Class 1 partners for further field testing. The use of liquid natural gas (LNG), which is cryogenically stored in a tender in the consist, provides enough fuel for a fully-loaded train to travel longer distances without refueling stops. An Evolution Series locomotive equipped with the NextFuel Natural Gas Retrofit Kit meets US EPA Tier 3 emission standards. A pilot program with the BNSF to test the use of natural gas as a fuel source for locomotives will proceed in 2014.
RailDOCS is a web-based, mobile solution providing an innovative asset management platform for track, signal and wayside assets.
RailDOCS Hours of Service, released in 2011 for railroad signal employees, now supports train crews (transit and freight) and train dispatch employees. It is a web-based solution that electronically records employee work hours and provides real-time access to employee rest status and availability. It complies with the Code of Federal Regulations which governs hours of service for railroad employees and mandates undisturbed rest periods,
A new addition to the RailDOCS software suite is Bridge Structure Inspection System, a web-based application designed to manage bridge information and inspections for railroads and transit agencies. Bridge Structure Inspection System allows online access to bridge inventory data, inspection records and critical safety information. RailDOCS Bridge Structure Inspection software meets the need for rail carriers and transit agencies to conduct regular evaluations of their bridge assets, complying with thefederally mandated Bridge Management Program.