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Pa. Firm Builds Smallest Tier 4 Switcher

February 12, 2016

A Pennsylvania company has released the first of what it is billing as the smallest EPA Tier-4 compliant on the market.

Curry Rail Services in Hollidaysburg is building the industrial switchers under contract with Tractive Power Corporation, a Canadian company.

Curry RailThe first unit to be released by Curry is a TP56, which comes with a 400-hp Caterpillar C9.3 engine capable of generating up to 56,000 pounds of tractive effort.

The unit, which wears a livery of green and silver, was built with a single EMD HT-C truck commonly used on SD40-2 locomotives.

The unit built in Pennsylvania is LTP’s third engine but the first to be Tier 4 compliant.
The TP56 prototype unit is working at a British Columbia grain facility.

TPC President Frank Donnelly said the TP56 is designed to fill a niche for locomotives smaller than full-sized switcher, but with good tractive effort.

The smaller engine is also designed to minimize fuel consumption while in idle, burning less than a half-gallon of fuel in that mode.

“One of the main objectives of the industrial switcher is to manufacture an eco-friendly and efficient product,” said Curry President Mark Ritchey. “We have placed three into operation and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Curry and TPC are accepting orders for the switchers and have the ability to build then in large quantities if the market is there for that.

Customers can also order locomotives that are Tier 3 compliant if so desired. The units can be customized to meet the customer’s tractive effort needs.