SIEMENS IN 2016 CELEBRATED INSTALLATION OF THE FIRST CUMMINS QSK95 INTO ITS NEW CHARGER LOCOMOTIVE, LIFTING THE RED, 42,000 POUND ENGINE WITH A YELLOW CRAIN BEFORE GENTLY LOWERING IT INTO PLACE.
The production milestone occurred in February at Siemens’ Sacramento, California (U.S.A.) manufacturing plant. Siemens is building 79 of the diesel-electric locomotives for passenger rail service in California, Michigan, Missouri, Washington, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oregon and Maryland. The locomotives are also being produced for a new express passenger rail service in Florida (U.S.A.).
The Charger is designed to operate at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour while meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stringent Tier 4 emission standards using the QSK95, the largest high-speed diesel engine Cummins has ever built.
The QSK95 was the first single prime power engine to receive Tier4 Locomotive certification from the EPA. Tier 4 requires manufacturers to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions by more than 70 percent compared with Tier 3 regulations, which took effect in 2011.