NJ TRANSIT is purchasing 29 new ALP46 electric locomotives. An original order of 24 electric locomotives was placed in anticipation of new service associated with Secaucus Transfer, Montclair Connection and other projects as well as to accommodate anticipated ridership growth. An additional five new locomotives have been ordered in anticipation of the take-over of Clocker Service from Amtrak which will occur no earlier than 2006.

The locomotives will have the capability to be utilized with longer train lengths as well as with bi-level cars. The current ALP44 electric locomotives have maximum train lengths of nine single levels and five bi-level cars as a result of the power needed to provide locomotive traction power as well as to supply lights, heating, air conditioning and other amenities. The new ALP46 locomotives will be capable of handling 12 single level or 10 bi-level cars. The power needed to pull the cars will also be improved and the locomotives will incorporate the new Federal Railroad Administration and American Public Transportation Association safety standards.

Weight: 99.2 tons
Length: 64 feet
Horsepower: 7,100
Top Speed: 100 MPH
Cost: $4.7 million
Number of units ordered: 29

NJ TRANSIT ALP46 4600
Bombardier Plant - Kassel, Germany

Photo by Peter Christener

NJ TRANSIT ALP46 4600
Bombardier Plant - Kassel, Germany

Photo by Peter Christener

NJ TRANSIT ALP46 4600
Bombardier Plant - Kassel, Germany

Photo by Peter Christener

NJ TRANSIT ALP46 4600
Bombardier Plant - Kassel, Germany

Photo by Peter Christener

NJ TRANSIT ALP46 4600
Bombardier Plant - Kassel, Germany

Photo by Peter Christener

NJ TRANSIT ALP46 4600
Bombardier Plant - Kassel, Germany

Photo by Peter Christener

NJ TRANSIT ALP46 4600
Newark, New Jersey

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NJ TRANSIT ALP46 4600
Newark, New Jersey

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NJ TRANSIT ALP46 4600
AAR Testing Facility - Pueblo, Colorado

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NJ TRANSIT ALP46 4600
AAR Testing Facility - Pueblo, Colorado

Photo by Michael Fuchs, from the collection of Peter Christener

Bombardier Presents First Electric Locomotive For New Jersey, USA

Oct 20, 2001 -- Bombardier Transportation (formerly Adtranz - DaimlerChrysler Rail Systems) presented the first of 29 electric multipurpose locomotives for New Jersey Transit (NJT) at a roll-out ceremony at its facility in Kassel, Germany. The design of the Class ALP 46 type electric locomotives is derived from the German Railway's Class 101. More than 145 locomotives of this type have been operating successfully for the German Railway (DB) since 1996.

Bombardier Transportation's facilities in Switzerland and Germany are implementing the technical adaptations for the American market. The locomotives, which are manufactured at Bombardier's Kassel facility, will run on the electrified network of New Jersey Transit as well as that of Amtrak. The first two locomotives will be shipped from Germany to the United States at the end of November. They will be undergoing extensive testing in Pueblo, Colorado.

The locomotives can reach a maximum speed of 161 km/h (100 mph) and have a maximum power of 5,300 kW. Two Flexifloat bogies with a short wheel base of 2.650 mm ensure excellent ride quality even when negotiating tight corners.

Wolfgang Toelsner, President of Locomotives and Freight, Bombardier Transportation commented: "We are very happy to fulfill customer expectations with this on-time-delivery of our first locomotive. We are confident that this locomotive will help to produce a profitable revenue stream for New Jersey Transit."

 

NJ TRANSIT Awards Contract For New Electric Locomotives

Feb 1, 2000 -- Adtranz-DaimlerChrysler Rail Systems will deliver 24 electric dual system locomotives to the New Jersey Transit (NJT), New Jersey, USA. A contract to this effect with an estimated total volume of 125 million USD was signed by representatives of the two companies at the end of January. The contract also includes the supply of spare parts.

The electric locomotive concept is derived from that of the Class 101, which is operating successfully on DB's network in Germany. The technical modifications required for the US market will take place in Switzerland and Germany. The locomotives will be built in Kassel, Germany, and are to enter service on the electrified network of the privately-owned America operator New Jersey Transit and Amtrak. The first two locomotives will be shipped to the States in summer 2001 and then be put through a tough testing program in Pueblo, Colorado.

"This order marks yet another success for us on the tough worldwide locomotive market," said Jürgen Lochmann, member of the Adtranz International Executive Board, and the man responsible for the Segment Main Line. "We regard this new order as further evidence of New Jersey Transit's confidence in us, as they had already awarded us a contract in the summer of last year in New Jersey for the construction of a new mass transit system between Trenton and Camden involving initially 24 commuter trains."

The Adtranz locomotives will be used by New Jersey Transit to haul long, heavy trains needed to meet the increased demand for regional and commuter services. At the same time, New Jersey Transit will be able to provide services on new routes, such as the planned suburban rail link between New Jersey and Midtown Manhattan.

The global Adtranz group is one of the leading providers of total rail systems and tailor-made solutions for rail transport services worldwide. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG. The product range of the group extends from people movers, tram and metro systems, commuter and regional trains, Intercity and high speed trains, to electric and diesel locomotives, signaling and fixed installations, plus customer support and total rail systems. Adtranz has a global workforce of some 24,000.

SOURCE: Adtranz-DaimlerChrysler Rail Systems

 

Updated 11/11/01