Something New on R.J. Corman in Ohio?

There may be something new to see on R.J. Corman’s operations in eastern Ohio. On Tuesday (November 3, 2009), CSX train D750 left Willard Yard with R.J. Corman Railpower Genset No. 5400 in tow.

Reportedly, the unit was to be set off at Warwick for the Corman to pick up. Speculation is that it will be assigned to the Dover-New Philadelphia area. It is not known if it will work Corman trains to Warwick/Wooster.

No. 5400 is a 2,000 horsepower Model RP20BD that was built in 2007 on a GP38 platform.

Railpower was originally a Canadian company founded in 2000 that is best known for building the Green Goat. After falling into bankruptcy, it was acquired by Corman in July 2009.

Corman reported on its website that its testing shows that one RP20BD could replace two GP9s or one GP39 and achieve a fuel savings of 31 to 39 percent as well as reduce the number of locomotives needed for a run.

Although Corman owns Railpower, which is now known as R.J. Corman Railpower, it subcontracts the assembly of its Genset locomotives. According to the Corman website, R.J. Corman Railpower is primarily an engineering firm.

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