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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.

Duke Energy reduces emissions, fuel use with coal-plant locomotive

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Railserve Dual LEAF Gen-Set Locomotive Debuts

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

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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

Alternative Motive Power Systems (AMPS) features Corvus Energy’s batteries in innovative hybrid locomotive

ALEXANDRIA, OHIO (Aug. 21, 2012) ¾ Alternative Motive Power Systems (AMPS) has selected 16 Corvus Energy industrial use lithium-ion AT6500-48V batteries for a prototype hybrid switching locomotive being developed by AMPS with the help of a New Technology Research and Development (NTRD) grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

AMPS modular gen-set package with a hybrid gen-set module is the first of its kind in the road switching/short line locomotive marketplace. It is anticipated that repowering a conventional road switching locomotive with AMPS hybrid gen-set package will reduce NOx emissions by up to 98% and achieve 65% fuels savings. For railcar movement indoors or in sensitive areas, AMPS Hybrid Gen-Set locomotive will be able to function for short periods of time with zero emissions due to the ability to operate without running the internal combustion engine.

The testing phase for performance and emissions will be carried out in early 2013. When complete, the environmentally-friendly locomotive will be operated in the state of Texas where it will be used to move rail yard rolling stock by Railserve, Inc. A Marmon Group/Berkshire Hathaway Company.  It is expected that the locomotive will be ready for the marketplace by spring 2013. Read More

AMPS Innovative Modular Hybrid Gen-set Technology

AMPS Innovative Modular Hybrid Gen-set Technology

With the help of a New Technology Research and Development (NTRD) grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Alternative Motive Power Systems (AMPS) is developing the first modular gen-set package with a hybrid gen-set module in the road switcher/short line locomotive marketplace. This Multiple GenSet/Hybrid Gen-set model will provide an ideal cost effective product to address emission reduction needs while filling the heavy duty application requirements of the market and is particularly suited to road switcher/short line locomotives which operate below 35 mph. “While my background is with locomotives, we have brought our diversity of experience with locomotives, port container handling equipment and military vehicles to bear on this locomotive” [Dan Frederick, Principal, AMPS]. To date, no manufacturer other than AMPS is offering a hybrid gen-set option.

Assembly of the proto-type locomotive will be performed by Railserve Inc., a Marmon Group/Berkshire Hathaway Company. Load and emissions testing of the prototype in comparison to a conventional switcher locomotive will take place at a rail yard in Houston, Texas and will be carried out by infoWedge, a California based emissions’ measurement company. Read More

Railserve Adds Federal/State Funding Assistance for Buyers of Railserve LEAF® Gen-Set Locomotives

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ATLANTA, GA—August 24, 2011 (James Street Media Services)—Railserve, the leading North American provider of in-plant rail switching and associated services in the United States and Canada, has joined with Engine, Fuel and Emissions Engineering, Inc. (EF&EE) to identify and apply for federal and state grants available to buyers of the Railserve LEAF® Gen-Set Locomotive.

“We’ve seen interest rise in our green switching locomotive and we’ve also learned that many potential buyers need assistance in identifying and obtaining the grants that are available for purchasing these cleaner and more efficient units,” says Timothy J. Benjamin, president, Railserve. Read More