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AMPS Control Technology Contributing to Emissions Reduction

AMPS is proud to provide the overall control architecture for the Railserve LEAF®. This technology is helping to drastically reduce fuel consumption and harmful greenhouse gases by means of our innovative control systems implementation which is what drives us at AMPS. See how AMPS technology is impacting the industry in the link below.

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The greening of the railroads—and why it matters

It’s good for the environment. It’s sound business practice. And it’s a strong argument for keeping railroads deregulated.
By William C. Vantuono, Editor

Source: Railway Age Magazine  (February 2011)

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U.S. locomotive order activity has slowed, but demand for GenSets is up for some motive power manufacturers

— by Kathy Bergstrom

U.S. locomotive order activity has not returned to pre-recession levels, but there are some market bright spots — including international orders and the continuing popularity of more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly generator-set (GenSet) locomotives, power manufacturers and market observers say.

“It looks like GenSet locomotives are here to stay, and that may be one part of the market that is growing a little bit faster than some other parts,” says Jim Husband, president of RailSolutions Inc., a rail equipment financing consultant.

In the meantime, incremental advances in technology continue as builders develop units that comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tier 4 emission standard, which is set to take effect in 2015.

But overall, power orders from U.S. railroads have been down the past few years. From the late 1990s to the late 2000s, about 900 new locomotives were being built annually, Husband said. During the past four years, that number has dwindled to perhaps fewer than 300 per year, he adds. Read More

Railserve Dual LEAF Gen-Set Locomotive Debuts

New Model Has All the Proven Features of Original LEAF, Plus More Pulling Power


ATLANTA, GA—November 6, 2012 (James Street Media Services)—Railserve, the leading North American provider of sustainable, economical switching locomotives, has completed production of its first three Railserve Dual LEAF Gen-Set Locomotives, each with two genset power modules for increased pulling power.

The Dual LEAF offers all of the features of Railserve’s highly-successful single genset model, with the additions of a second Cummins QSX-15 600 horsepower genset, a larger frame, and an increased-capacity sand reservoir.

“The 32 Railserve single genset LEAF locomotives already in operation have proven this model to be a highly reliable switch engine for shipper, port, utility, regional railroad, intermodal, and other rail terminals,” says TJ Mahoney, program manager for Railserve LEAF Gen-Set Locomotives. “Now, we have a second, more powerful model that is better suited for facilities that handle more cars, or that have grades or other track conditions that call for more power.” Read More

AMPS Featured at ASLRRA Tech Theater

Tech Theater

In the center of the exhibit hall at ASLRRA 2012 Connections, the 99th annual convention of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, is an open-topped temporary room, the Tech Theater, intended to give exhibitors a forum for more formal presentations to interested attendees.

The busy schedule includes 18 separate sessions, with most slated to last 15 minutes, on topics such as locomotive remote control technology, genset technology for short lines, idle reduction, safety-boosting technology, and more. A special session features a presentation by the Environmental Protection Agency. Electro-Motive Diesel sponsored the theater. Read More

Freight Locomotive Market Update

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Railserve, Inc. Announce Sale of first Multi-GenSet (LEAF™)

Railserve, Inc. is pleased to announce the sale of its first Multi-GenSet Lower Emissions and Fuel Locomotive (LEAF™) to Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in Decatur, IL. 

The Railserve LEAF™ was the only Multi-GenSet Locomotive to perform all the required tasks for ADM in a head-to-head comparison with other GenSet locomotive offerings from three other manufacturers.   Read More