Wabtec Battery Locomotive to Test on BNSF

A FLXDrive battery-electric locomotive is expected to leave the Wabtec locomotive assembly plant soon to begin testing on BNSF.

Trains magazine reported on its website that the unit was spotted this week sitting outside the Erie plant with two new BNSF locomotives.

The battery-operated red and gray locomotive will be tested next year in California between Stockton and Barstow.

The project is being funded in part by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

The test locomotive can operate independently, but testing is focus on using the unit to create a hybrid consist mixing diesel and electric power.

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