Don Seil is the railroad’s general manager. He says the old locomotives were much dirtier and louder. These new ones aren’t.
“They’re much quieter and they reduce particulate emissions by 85%-90%. At the same time these new locomotives reduce fuel consumption somewhere between 20%-30%.”
Each of the new locomotives costs one-and-a-half Million dollars. Most of that cost was covered by a state grant administered by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District.
The California Northern Railroad Company moves a variety of agricultural, food and construction products throughout the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Napa valleys.
Meanwhile, Cal-Trans is working with Amtrak to overhaul their Capitol Corridor engines as well. The first of 17 took to the tracks late last year.