Freightliner Limited locomotives
The 129-ton PowerHaul locomotive is designed to generate more horsepower and tractive effort while lowering fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than locomotives currently in use. The locomotive features several leading technologies to achieve this performance including the new V16-cylinder, twin-turbo PowerHaul engine a product of ecomaginationSM. Ecomagination is a GE-wide initiative to help meet customer demand for more energy-efficient products. The PowerHaul engine meets European Union stage IIIa emissions for traction engines. However, the engine is well below the band and produces less NOx, hydrocarbons, and particulates than its competitors. Based on the current fleets and power generation, the PowerHaul locomotive emits less carbon per gross-tonne mile moved than electric locomotives - making it greener all round, and in excess of 10 times better than its road equivalent. GE’s unique AC individual-axle traction-control technology enables the PowerHauls to haul heavier loads by significantly reducing slippage on start-ups, inclines and suboptimal track conditions. The PowerHauls also features dynamic braking which reuses wasted energy by driving auxiliary loads. The dual air-conditioned, low-noise operator cabs were designed with input from the operators for comfort and maximum efficiency. The cabs embody a well-organised, clean- and-neat European style featuring easy-to-read gauges and an unobstructed front-windscreen for a clear track view.
PowerHaul locomotives can also haul more containers per service, further improving rail’s efficiency, as demonstrated by the first 30 (standard) wagon services in 2009 from Felixstowe to Birmingham – 6 wagons more than the standard 24 wagon services. Just one 30 wagon return service takes 120 lorries of the UK’s congested roads.
- Weight (Tons): 129
- Maximum Speed (MPH): 75 mph
- Operation subsidiary: Freightliner Limited, Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited
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