NJ Transit Unveils New Dual-Mode Locomotive

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)NJ Transit on Wednesday unveiled its first locomotive that can operate on diesel fuel and electricity.

Spokesman Dan Stessel said the dual-mode engine is the first of its kind on any railroad in North America.

“We are excited to modernize the NJ TRANSIT fleet by bringing dual-powered technology to our state’s rail network,” said Executive Director James Weinstein.  “These new locomotives will have the benefit of being quieter, more fuel efficient and more environmentally-friendly than the locomotives they’ll replace, some of which are 40 years old.”

The locomotive is one of 26 purchased by a $310 million order in 2008 that was made with the now-defunct Hudson River commuter rail tunnel in mind.

The engines would have allowed trains on the Pascack Valley Line in Bergen County to go directly through the tunnel without switching to an electric locomotive as they do now.

Gov. Chris Christie cancelled the project in October.

Sixty percent of NJ Transit’s tracks are not electrified.

Stessel said dual-mode engines using a combination track can switch to electric and save on diesel fuel.

Do you think this will help NJ Transit train service? Leave a comment below…

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  • Ralph Quidone

    I think they will use these on the ACES NY-NWK-AC EXPRESS TRAIN.

  • Seth

    The FL9’s were lowered powered – only a few hundred HP ’cause Grand Central Terminal is less than 1% grade to approach. Tranist needs at least 5000 HP to get into the “basement” of Penn Station which is a 2.7% grade coming from NJ – hence why a new technology is needed. The 1200 HP FL9’s could not pull a 10 cat train into Penn. Also, the FL9 was a 600 volt third rail machine. The only place that third rail is available is in the Hudson River – Penn tunnels; the third rail does not exist throughout the station area. Two counts against the old FL9 technology.

  • Mike

    Great, now if they can just do something about the stench at secaucus junction.

  • ANT

    FL-9’s and LIRR DM’s are dual mode locomotives (diesel/ third rail). The ALP45DP’s are the first to run dual mode diesel/catenary.

  • ANT

    FL-9’s and LIRR DE/DM’s are dual mode locomotives (diesel/ third rail). The ALP45DP’s are the first to run dual mode diesel/catenary.

  • Glenn

    I agree this is a smart idea, however, if they intended to make the Pascack Valley trains head into Penn Station, doesn’t that negate the purpose of the $3 billion dollar Secaucus Transfer Station?

  • sharon

    yes i think this is a very smart idea keep up the good work.

  • Morna

    No, the service has been dismal since the 25% increase. Unless they get more access into Penn Station, nothing can help

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