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April 11, 2017
Revving the NGEN: NRE's Rebuild Program
NRE's N-ViroMotive line has revolutionized railroading. This group of ultra-low-emitting, four- and six-axle road and switcher locomotives features state-of-the-art technology, including self-contained power plants and electronic control systems that manage all engine, alternator and traction motor functions. This provides power-on-demand control that maximizes fuel efficiency, minimizes emissions and prolongs locomotive life. All N-ViroMotive units are Tier II certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and recognized by the California Air Resources Board as Ultra-Low Emitting Locomotives.
NGEN is the N-ViroMotive line's engine and generator set. An N-ViroMotive can be powered by up to three NGEN sets.
NGEN is a self-contained power plant that can be used by itself or in tandem with other NGEN to convert diesel power to electrical traction power.
These modular units were uniquely designed for easy, non-invasive swap-out when they've reached the end of useful life. This cutting-edge design minimizes downtime when a rebuild rolls around. As the N-ViroMotive line has now been in the field for some time, NRE is ramping up its NGEN Rebuild Program.
When the NGEN is ready for overhaul, NRE is the choice supplier. NRE, as the NGEN OEM, can provide reliable, consistent repair. NRE can remove and reinstall our modular NGEN units in a typical shift. With over 650 NGEN in the field, NRE has experience with rebuilding and repairing NGEN units. With NRE's familiarity in the latest enhancements and their applicability in improving service performance, they can incorporate these enhancements into older NGEN units.
As with all NRE products and services, meeting each client's unique needs is key.
Work scopes can vary, from NRE's standard recommendation, to limited repairs, to customer-specific scopes, allowing maximum flexibility, yet adhering to NRE's carefully developed standard processes and procedures.
Most importantly, notes Mike Zerafa, Assistant Vice President of Business Development at NRE, an NRE NGEN rebuild allows the N-ViroMotive to retain the emissions certification level it had when it was new.
“Every N-ViroMotive is certified to an emissions level. When NRE rebuilds the NGENs, we're keeping them within that certification level,” said Zerafa. “We can take a locomotive that is at the end of its useful life, rebuild the NGEN, and then re-certify it for a new life.”
An overhauled NRE NGEN will help ensure the customer continues to meet EPA-mandated maintenance requirements. And NRE has the OEM expertise to provide the latest, best enhancements available for an older NGEN. An NRE NGEN rebuild is like turning back the clock, making a seasoned N-ViroMotive “green” again.