North American rail provider Norfolk Southern has revealed the first two low emission locomotives produced at its Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania. A further 23 have been commissioned.
The first engines – GP33ECO switching locomotives – have been funded by the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program.
Following in-service testing in the Altoona area, they will be permanently assigned to their respective grant award areas of Chicago and Atlanta, said Norfolk Southern in a statement.
Funding for the locomotive to be used in the Chicago area was awarded by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency, sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Funding for the locomotive to be used in Georgia (on Norfolk Southern’s Atlanta Terminal) was awarded by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division.