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GREENVILLE – $ 2.9 million state grant generates new electric locomotive for Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad Co.

Based in Greenville, B&LE is abandoning a nearly 50-year-old diesel locomotive for a newly designed electric model. and there is another local connection.

B&LE purchases the locomotive from Pittsburgh-based Wabtec Corp. The company operates a locomotive engine plant in Grove City that was previously owned by General Electric.

The Grove City plant will remain focused on producing diesel engines, said Tim Bader, spokesperson for Wabtec. But he could produce parts for the new locomotive using his 3D technology.

The grant comes from Pennsylvania’s Driving PA Forward program, which promotes environmentally friendly transportation technologies. The program aims to reduce pollutant emissions by up to 27,700 tonnes.

Funding for the grants comes from the Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund as part of a federal settlement with Volkswagen. The automaker has been accused of creating computer technology to cheat federal emissions tests for engines.

“Exposure to diesel emissions is linked to a higher risk of lung cancer and other diseases, so any steps we can take to reduce this exposure directly benefit workers as well as surrounding residents. “said Mark Longietti, D-7th District. , says the Hermitage.

Wabtec’s electric locomotive, which it calls FLXdrive, was recently developed. He completed a three-month test earlier this year covering more than 13,000 miles of trails in California.

The Canadian National, based in Montreal, owns B&LE. CN has announced its intention to partner with Wabtec to use battery technology for freight locomotives.

“I am delighted to see that the Canadian National’s Bessemer & Lake Erie Railway has received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to help purchase an innovative new Wabtec battery electric locomotive.” said State Representative Parke Wentling, R- 17th District, Hempfield Township.


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