Detroit, MIch. (PRWEB) April 25, 2009
Pacific Harbor Line (PHL) provides rail transportation, maintenance and dispatching services to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which together form the largest container port in the United States. It operates 22 locomotives, 16 of which are powered by MTU Series 4000 Tier 2 rail engines, and is the only railroad in the country to operate a complete fleet of low emissions locomotives. It is this environmental emphasis that tipped the scales resulting in PHL's selection as Railway Age magazine's 2009 Short Line of the Year.
The Shortline/Regional Railroad of the Year competition has been held annually since 1995. According to Railway Age Managing Editor, Douglas John Bowen, this year's focus was on short lines and regionals who have "set the table" for the long term, which is exactly what PHL's locomotive fleet replacement program has done.
Through its full fleet replacement program, PHL has upgraded all of its locomotives to be EPA Tier 2 certified. According to PHL president Andrew Fox, this is something that no one else has done.
"Our full fleet conversion to low emissions locomotives made us a stand out in the Short Line of the Year competition," stated Fox. "While other lines have upgraded one or two of their locomotives, we're the only ones who have a complete fleet that is Tier 2 certified."
PHL took delivery of its last MTU 12V 4000 R33 powered locomotive last summer, completing its full fleet replacement program. The MTU 12V4000 R33 engine provides 2,250 horsepower at 1,800 rpm and has the latest in common rail fuel injection systems, advanced turbocharging and Advanced Diesel Engine Controls (ADEC) electronics for cleaner, more efficient operations. Its Tier 2 EPA certification in 2007 marked the first time the EPA had certified to Tier 2 emission limits a stand-alone, high-speed engine for use in locomotive applications.
"MTU is proud to have been involved in this project with PHL," stated MTU Rail Sales Manager, Doug Berry. "They have been a great end user to work with and as a leader in clean diesel technology, MTU applauds their efforts in emissions reduction."
PHL will be highlighted in the April issue of Railway Age along with the regional award winner and 10 other railroads worthy of "honorable mention". In addition, PHL will receive a specially designed plaque at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association Annual Convention to be held in Las Vegas from April 25 - 28, 2009.
MTU Detroit Diesel, Inc. is the North American regional headquarters of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, one of the world's most important providers of diesel engines and drive and propulsion systems for ships, heavy-duty land and rail vehicles, and decentralized power plants. It offers a complete line of power solutions from 30 to 12,200 bhp (20 to 9,100 kW) for applications in the marine, rail, power generation, oil and gas, agriculture, mining, construction and industrial, and defense markets. MTU Detroit Diesel is part of the MTU Engines division of Tognum AG. http://www.mtu online.com
With its two business units, "Engines" and "Onsite Energy & Components", the Tognum Group is one of the world's leading suppliers of engines, propulsion systems and distributed energy systems. These products are based on diesel engines with up to 9,100 kilowatts (kW) power output, gas engines up to 2,000 kW, fuel cells up to 363 kW and gas turbines up to 50,000 kW.
The product portfolio of the "Engines" business unit comprises MTU engines and propulsion systems for ships, for heavy agricultural, rail and military vehicles, and for the oil and gas industry. The portfolio of the "Onsite Energy & Components" business unit includes distributed energy systems of the brand MTU Onsite Energy, fuel-injection systems from L'Orange, and drive shafts from Rotorion. The energy systems comprise diesel engines for emergency power generation, basic and peak load, and cogeneration power plants based on gas engines, fuel cells and gas turbines that generate both electricity and heat.
In 2007, Tognum generated revenue of more than €2.8 billion and employs approximately 8,600 people. With 26 fully consolidated subsidiaries, more than 130 sales partners and 1,100 authorized dealers, Tognum's sales and service structure has a global reach. The shares of Tognum AG (ISIN: DE000A0N4P43) have been listed in the MDAX share index since 2007.
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