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Tacoma Rail will upgrade locomotives

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on April 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
April 28, 2011 2:00 pm

Tacoma Rail will upgrade three of its locomotives to meet new pollution standards by late next fall thanks to a $2.5 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

The total cost of the upgrade will be $4.3 million with Tacoma Rail contributing $1.8 million.

The locomotives will likely receive new power plants to reduce emissions and to increase their reliability or the municipally owned rail system may purchase already-upgraded locomotives, the railroad said.

The rail system provides switching service on the Tacoma Tideflats and on a 204-mile network that reaches as far south as Morton and Chehalis.

The railroad’s has 16 locomotives in its fleet. The youngest of those were built in 1982.

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