CSX to Use Wabtec Locomotive Technology

Pittsburgh-based Wabtec announced this week that CSX will use its Trip Optimizer Zero-to-Zero system.

In a news release, Wabtec said the system is designed to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

CSX will be the first railroad to use the system, which starts a train from zero mph and stops it automatically using various controls. 

The announcement also said CSX plans to use Wabtec’s Tier 4 switcher modernization program, which the company said provides an additional 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and a 90 percent reduction in emissions.

This program upgrades 40-to-50-year-old locomotives and Tier 0 non-emission switcher locomotives to the latest Tier 4 platform., Wabtec said.

CSX also said it will modernize locomotives across its fleet with Wabtec’s FDL Advantage engine upgrade, which provides up to an additional 5 percent reduction in fuel consumption through a high-pressure common rail fuel system.

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