First of 40 New MBTA Commuter Rail Locomotives Ready to Ride

Inaugural run planned for the Haverhill line on Wednesday morning.

A look at one of the 40 new locomotives being placed into service between now and the summer of 2015. Photo Credit: MBTA
A look at one of the 40 new locomotives being placed into service between now and the summer of 2015. Photo Credit: MBTA

At 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, the first of 40 new Commuter Rail locomotives goes into service on the Haverhill Line.

The MBTA says it’s procuring 40 new environmentally-friendly, diesel-electric locomotives to replace existing ones between 35 and 40 years old.  Each will be rigorously tested and placed into service throughout the MBTA’s 12 Commuter Rail lines as they arrive through summer of 2015, allowing for the oldest equipment to be decommissioned.

The first new train is set to go into service Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at North Station’s Commuter Rail Platform, Track 10.   

MotivePower, Inc. was awarded the contract in August of 2010. The company designed and built it at their facility in Boise, Idaho  for a total contract value of $222 million. MBTA officials say the new trains will be easily recognizable by their distinctive new look. They also feature modern amenities including new communication systems and improvements to passenger comfort.

The MBTA says the 40 new locomotives are compliant with current EPA Emission Standards and will help reduce carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulate matter. Their engines are considerably more fuel efficient than the MBTA’s older equipment with GE predicting up to a 6% increase in fuel efficiency. This is estimated to result in approximately 10,000 gallons of fuel saved per locomotive per year, resulting in an annual savings of more than $1 million.

The new train is set to go into service on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at North Stations’ Commuter Rail Platform, Track 10.   
Derek Duchemin April 16, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Those are some really nice locomotives, its looks like a good contract was awarded.
BH April 16, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Sage DuBaer April 16, 2014 at 02:51 PM
@BH -- that story is about the new coaches being built overseas, not the locomotives mentioned above (which I believe were assembled in the US) ...
BH April 17, 2014 at 08:08 AM
I understand, but with the good comes the bad. Don't trust Massachusetts or their deal making ability.
David E. Mynott II April 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM
It's great to see progress occurring, and long-over improvements being made to U.S. public transportation. We're still far behind the Europeans and Chinese—which is pathetic and appalling, considering that passenger service began in MA over 175 years ago. To be fair, U.S. public transportation, as a whole, has been grievously underfunded (in favor of cars, trucks, and buses), & railroads and trolley lines were systematically neglected and dismantled nationwide over the past 60-odd years—often by a cabal of auto, tire, oil and other companies, a strategy designed to pressure the public into purchasing cars, and riding buses. At last, the citizenry has realized that it was a mistake to let that happen, & is actively advocating for an expansion and improvement of public transportation. Thus this is about more than trains: it's about basic human rights, a sustainable transportation system, & environmental justice. SOP ('Save Our Planet').


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