National Railway Equipment Company
National Railway Equipment Company (reporting mark NREX) is an American railroad equipment rebuilding, leasing, and manufacturing company, headquartered in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. NREC sells new and rebuilt locomotives to railroad companies worldwide.
NRE's flagship locomotive product is dubbed the N-ViroMotive and is targeted at providing light duty road switcher engines with increased efficiency and decreased air and noise pollution. These locomotives are specifically targeted for yards and other urban environments where noise & exhaust from idling locomotives can become a nuisance. They also fill a market segment for light duty locomotives now largely abandoned by the major builders, GE and Electro-Motive, which have not listed such locomotives in their catalog for nearly 20 years.
N-ViroMotive locomotives are newly built as opposed to a rebuilt with donor parts. They use a low hood design with up to three diesel gensets that supply current to the traction motors. The current gensets use a 700 horsepower (522 kw) Cummins diesel engine and can be easily swapped in and out for repair or overhaul work. The gensets are computer controlled to switch on and off according to the demands of hauling the load. Trucks are of the EMD standard Blomberg B design.
As of 2018, NREC has sold 300 N-ViroMotives to many different railroads, including the U.S. Army, with one of the largest orders (60) being delivered to the Union Pacific who plans to use them in the smog-conscious Los Angeles area.
Model designation: 1GS-7B
Model designation: 2GS-14B
Model designation: 3GS-21B
Model designation: 3GS21C
Model designation: 2GS36C-DE
Model designation: E-2300
Model designation: E-3000E3B
Model designation: AT36-C
Model designation: 3GS24C-DE-AU
Model designation: 2GS16B-AU
Model designation: E-3000C
Model designation: E3000C-UN
Model designation: NRE GT26
National Railway Equipment Company Overview
Headquarters: Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Products: Low emission diesel locomotives, Locomotive leasing, maintenance and rebuilding
Official Website: www.nre.com
New NRE 3GS21B locomotives delivered to the U.S. Army.
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