CSX’s new low-emission locomotive met the press at a tidy commuter rail stop outside Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
However, the MARC stop outside the stadium where the Orioles play is not where the locomotive will spend its working life. After the unveiling, the retrofitted diesel locomotive headed to Curtis Bay, where it was to begin pushing and pulling trains around a rail yard on Wednesday. The federal government provided 65 percent of the cost of the $1.4 million retrofit through the Obama administration’s stimulus program.
The locomotive is expected to produce about 80 percent less nitrogen dioxide and soot, and it will soon have a partner. The Environmental Protection Agency says it will provide $975,000 for a second low-emission locomotive.