N.C. To Uprade F59H Locomotive Used on Piedmonts

An F59H locomotive used to pull Amtrak Piedmont service trains in North Carolina is going to receive rebuilding to make it more environmentally friendly.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has awarded a $39,000 grant to the Rail Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The money will be used to pay for the addition of additional technologies to the blended after-treatment system that was installed and tested on F59H locomotive 1859.

The BATS mitigates the four components of diesel exhaust that studies have found are harmful to humans.

The current system has migrated three of the four compounds to the EPA Tier 4 emissions level required for new locomotives. The fourth component, particulate matter, was lowered to Tier 3.

The NCDOT Rail Division expects to reach the Tier 4 level for particulate matter, which will bring No. 1859 to the functional equivalent of a new locomotive.

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