Partnerships to reduce diesel emissions
Norfolk Southern considers it a corporate responsibility to mitigate the environmental impacts of its rail operations. Development of a new class of low-emission locomotives and innovative idle-reduction technology demonstrates the railroad’s continuing commitment to industry leadership in sustainability best practices and environmental partnerships.
Three things NS did in 2015 to reduce rail yard emissions
- Introduced the Eco locomotive, a locomotive rebuild program that recycles older locomotives and outfits them with new low-emission engines.
- Rolled out the “Sleeper,” an engine-heater system that eliminates unnecessary locomotive idling in
- Expanded work on a rebuild program to create locomotive “slugs” – units with traction motors but no engines. The slugs are paired with diesel-powered locomotives to add emissions-free pulling power and reduce fuel burn.