April 30, 2013

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Cleaner locomotive demonstration scheduled for May 2 at BNSF Argentine Yard

What: Cleaner Locomotives Clearing Kansas City’s Air for the Future
The event will showcase a new repowered locomotive and feature brief comments from Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Robert Moser, BNSF Railway Vice President of Environmental John Lovenburg, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks.
When: Thursday, May 2 at 10 a.m.
Where: BNSF Argentine Yard, 2600 Argentine Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66106
Directions: From Kansas Avenue, turn south onto 42nd Street, then follow signs to the event.
Why: This week is National Air Quality Awareness Week, and BNSF on Thursday will highlight its partnership with KDHE and EPA to repower three locomotives. BNSF was able to secure more than $2.5 million in federal funds for their $4.8 million project. One locomotive repower reduces emissions by 111 tons of carbon dioxide, 21 tons of nitrogen oxide, and 3.3 tons of particulate matter per year, and it uses approximately 10,000 gallons less fuel for the same operations. As part of this project, BNSF installed five automatic engine start/stop devices, which shut down the locomotive to prevent unnecessary idling. The Mid-America Regional Council provided BNSF with additional funding to purchase eight more automatic engine start/stop devices for a total of 13. These devices will help BNSF reduce its yearly fuel usage by about 8,000 gallons for each locomotive equipped with the technology.
Media Note: Dr. Moser, Mr. Lovenburg and Mr. Brooks will be available for questions after the formal presentation. A new repowered locomotive will be on site for photographs and video footage. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Miranda Steele via email at