First Lady Cooper Joins NCDOT to Christen New Locomotives Tuesday, August 01, 2017

RALEIGH — First Lady Kristin Cooper joined state and local officials, as well as members of the community, today to christen the #1984 “City of Kannapolis” and #1871 "Town of Cary" locomotives for use in North Carolina’s daily Piedmont passenger service. The event was held at the N.C. Department of Transportation Locomotive and Railcar Maintenance Facility in Raleigh.

“We are pleased to christen two of our newly rebuilt locomotives in honor of the Town of Cary and City of Kannapolis for their long association with rail service in North Carolina,” said NCDOT Secretary Jim Trogdon. “Rail improvements like this are essential to providing a comprehensive transportation system to move people safely and efficiently.”

NCDOT names its locomotives for the cities along the Charlotte to Raleigh passenger rail corridor. Each locomotive’s number corresponds to the incorporation or charter date of the city after which it is named. They are painted in the NCDOT Piedmont paint scheme, which incorporates the colors and symbols of North Carolina’s state flag.

The locomotives were originally built in 1990 for Toronto’s GoTransit system. As part of NCDOT’s Piedmont Improvement Program funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the locomotives were completely rebuilt mechanically, upgraded electrically and received car body repairs.  In addition, the 3,000 horse power engines were upgraded to EPA Tier 0+ emission standards.

All rebuild work was completed at the Norfolk Southern Juniata shops in Altoona, PA.  The cost of purchasing and rebuilding the locomotives was $2.15 million, far less than the $6 million to $7 million cost of a comparable new passenger locomotive.

Through the Piedmont Improvement Program, NCDOT is investing more than $500 million in rail improvements between Raleigh and Charlotte.

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