Recently, MarineDiesel has had a number of inquiries regarding the provision of engines on locomotives. We are specialists in engine customizations. We take engine blocks made by our partners and modify them for different customers’ applications.
Passenger trains present a number of different technical problems for railways.
- They must be extremely fuel efficient.
- Space for the engine to be mounted is typically exposed to the elements and very tight.
- Fuel lines can be long and exposed to damage.
- Climate can wreak havoc on cooling systems.
- They require a very different torque curve than boats. Very high torque on startup with decreasing need at higher RPM.
- Relatively few engines for small locomotives are manufactured, especially for light passenger rail. Most locomotive engines are designed for long, large, freight trains.
- Alternative fuel is often desired due to extremely strict emissions regulations, rendering old engine designs unacceptable for current requirements in many locations.
- Locomotive engines require extremely long life cycles and will be rebuilt eight or more times over the average service life of one million kilometers.
MarineDiesel’s industrial division, MDPT, has the knowledge, experience, and capability to successfully engineer, commission, and test these specialized engines. Fuel efficiency and service life have vastly improved over the last 30 years, the average age of engines in many locomotives. In fact, greater fuel efficiency alone can usually justify re-powering locomotives, with quick payback times generating good financial incentives to justify the purchase price.
We often work with Mercedes Benz on these projects, and have completed numerous projects with different railways in Europe and Asia.
Contact us today for more information on our railroad options for industrial engines.