Hybrid Locomotives for CPR
Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) announced the purchase of 35 Green Goat Series hybrid locomotives over a four-year period from RailPower Technologies Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Under the agreement, seven of CPR's yard locomotives will be converted in 2005 to low-emission, quiet hybrid locomotives using hybrid technology and used at CPR's Calgary operations as part of more rigorous long-term testing. Another 28 Green Goats would be converted over the following three years if the first hybrids meet performance guarantees and if the technology performs well in further testing in adverse winter conditions. The Green Goats will be assembled by Alstom at Calgary shops leased from CPR. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
In a separate development, RailPower has been notified by California's Air Resources Board (CARB) that it has approved the company's application for its Green Goat locomotives to be given the designation of Ultra Low Emission Locomotive.