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Brookhaven Rail Terminal Announces Purchase of ‘Green’ Railserve LEAF Locomotive

Atlanta, Georgia — November 4, 2014

Photo of LEAF locomotive being unloaded in Africa


Brookhaven Rail Terminal (BRT) and Brookhaven Rail (BR) recently announced the arrival of their new genset locomotive.

The Railserve DUAL LEAF® Locomotive uses two single Cummins QSX15-L3-600 hp gensets to minimize fuel usage and significantly reduce emissions while maintaining the performance of a traditional switching locomotive. The DUAL LEAF is programmed to operate with only one genset under lighter loads, further reducing both fuel use and emissions.

"We continue to look for ways to enhance BRT’s environmental benefits," stated Jim Newell, president of BR. The genset locomotive reduces NOx emissions and particulate matter 84% and meets EPA emissions standards for Tier III diesel engines. In addition, it reduces fuel consumption 45–60% over a conventional locomotive."

The new locomotive is Federal Railroad Administration compliant and has a 10% lower decibel output than conventional locomotives. The Railserve DUAL LEAF was created specifically for commercial yard switching. It maximizes traction at speeds up to 30 mph.

BRT is using the new locomotive for the switching work that is being done at its facility in Yaphank, New York. The company’s roster of clients has grown from a stone aggregate client to include flour and dense weight material for Home Depot for all of their stores on Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Most recently, it received steel for Stony Brook’s Children’s Hospital.

BRT has become an essential transportation asset in moving commerce onto and off of Long Island over the last year. It takes in approximately 200 cars per month—some from as far away as Washington state—as part of the transportation system that keeps Long Island’s commerce moving forward. This translates into some 800 trucks coming off bridges and roadways, and significantly reduces the impact of those trucks on road and bridge maintenance and air emissions.

With Brookhaven Rail Terminal, Long Island companies now have increased access to world markets through BRT's connection to the national rail network. The ability to use BRT to ship and store commodities in refrigerated, climate-controlled and dry warehousing translates to lower costs, more flexible local service, and a greatly expanded market reach. In addition, BRT's rail transportation shipping and warehousing services are keeping transportation costs competitive while significantly protecting Long Island's environment.

Newell concluded, "The environmental benefits of rail are significant as one rail car can carry the equivalent of four truckloads, and railroads consume almost one-third less fuel than trucks per ton-mile moved. With the addition of this new locomotive we are enhancing the environmental benefits of rail freight transportation."