Sunday, March 28, 2010

Brandt Genset Locomotive

Brandt BRTX 2009 in Winnipeg Manitoba
I saw an interesting sight at the CEMR shops in Winnipeg yesterday. Brandt prototype genset locomotive BRTX 2009 was parked behind the shops. I had heard of this locomotive but I had no idea it was in Winnipeg.

The loco has three John Deere 6135H (600 HP each), and you can see the three exhaust stacks on the very long hood of this locomotive. The idea of a genset locomotive is that instead of a single prime mover (engine), multiple smaller engines can be brought on or offline as required to save fuel.

This locomotive is built on an entirely new frame. It was expected that Brandt would use the frame of ex-CP GP9 1592 that they purchased, but that apparently did not happen.

There is a lot of detail on this locomotive at Green Rail News.

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