The Montreal Port Authority has signed an agreement with AJ Corman Railpower to purchase a next generation locomotive, one more respectful of the environment, for $1.6 million. The agreement includes an option for four additional locomotives. These are multi-generator GenSet locomotives providing a total of 2,000 horsepower each. The GenSet technology used by R.J. Corman Railpower was develoooped in Canada by Railpower.

GenSet locomotives make it possible to reduce diesel consumption thanks to a power-regulating device that can start up one, two or all three generators, depending on the size of the task at hand. Furthermore, when the locomotive remains stationary for more than five minutes, the on-board computer puts the locomotive into standby mode, shutting off all the generators so that no emissions are produced while the locomotive is stationary. This system helps reduce fuel consumption by 30% and cuts greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50%.

“The Montreal Port Authority is proud to have the replacement of its locomotive fleet an opportunity to work towards substantial reductions of diesel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,” stated Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority. Ms. Vachon also pointed out on this occasion that the Port’s railway system, located dockside, is a decisive competitive advantage for the Port. “Our intermodal system, which makes it possible for put together trains loaded with containers right beside ships, is the envy of our competitors. In fact, they’ve named it the Montreal model,” said Ms. Vachon.

The agreement with A. Corman Railpower followed a call for proposals launched in 2009. The purchase was made with federal assistance under Transport Canada’s ecoFREIGHT program.