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NSR is the first shortline in Ohio to deploy the AMPS emissions reduction engine.
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Subsidiary of OmniTRAX Newburgh & South Shore Railroad (NSR) has purchased its first battery-electric locomotive to operate on its northern Ohio rail lines.

The new AMPS Traction GP9-based battery-electric switch locomotive is a 250,000-pound unit with a gross horsepower of 1,700 and a spread of 80,000 pounds, OmniTRAX officials said in a press release.

NSR is the first short line in Ohio to deploy the AMPS Emissions Reduction Locomotive, which is designed to cut fuel consumption in half and reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions by 77%, they said.

The railroad was selected as a recipient by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Mitigation Trust Fund, which awards funding that supports demonstrated air quality improvement. The NSR was one of seven recipients to receive awards for projects that reduce emissions from aging diesel vehicles and equipment.

“AMPS Traction’s innovative technology is an important addition to our fleet and a milestone for our industry,” said Dean Piacente, CEO of OmniTRAX. “We are grateful to the government. [Mike] DeWine and Ohio EPA for their commitment to clean air and the grant program that made this emission saving equipment upgrade possible at our Ohio operations.”

Based in Cuyahoga County, NSR serves customers in the Cleveland area. The short line interchanges with CSX, Norfolk Southern Railway, Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. and Cleveland Works Railroad.


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