Cummins tests low-emissions locomotive engine
SEYMOUR, Ind. — Engine maker Cummins Inc. is refurbishing a used locomotive that will be outfitted with a new 4,200-horsepower diesel engine and used to haul coal or mixed freight across the state.
The low-emissions engine known as the Hedgehog is being built in Seymour and will be used to haul loads on track owned by the Indiana Rail Road Co.
The Tribune reports the train will be used commercially starting in mid-2014.
Cummins says the engine also has possible uses in marine vessels and in some offshore drilling operations.
Indiana Rail Road spokesman Eric Powell says the rail company's 500 miles of track will give Cummins a varied geographic landscape to test the engine, including steep hills between southwestern Indiana and Indianapolis.
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