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Date: 09/21/22 04:49
Progress Rail launches hibrid locomotive GT38H in Brazil
Author: pedrop

Hi, the news from Progress Rail of Brazil:

RUMO WILL RECEIVE FOR TESTS TWO NEW AND EXCLUSIVE GT38H LOCOMOTIVES

Progress Rail located in Hortolândia SP today announced its plans to supply hybrid locomotives, combining diesel engines and batteries, taking advantage of the company's continuous innovations in propulsion technologies.

Rumo in Brazil will receive the first hybrid locomotives from Progress Rail in 2022. They will be two GT38H intermediate power locomotives and should be delivered for testing in regional freight services.

“These hybrid units will provide fuel and emissions reductions with less upfront investment for our valued customers like Rumo.” commented Marty Haycraft, President and CEO of Progress Rail. “We are pleased to support our customers with solutions that help them achieve sustainability goals.”

These locomotives use modular architecture to remain flexible to future fuels, maintain the capacity of their diesel counterparts, and are capable of charging regenerative and external batteries.

“Sustainability guides all our actions at Rumo, so the partnership with Progress Rail is very important to us and aims to bring the best solution to our operations”, says Marcus Jorge, director of rolling stock at Rumo. "With the positive result of the tests, we will be able to increase the number of hybrid locomotives. In addition to the environmental impact, they will add more comfort to our drivers and increase safety on our railway."

Progress Rail has already supplied two PR22 diesel locomotives for CPTM and an electric one for Vale, the similarity between them is only in the fairing and structure, but the technologies introduced so far bring variations between Electric, Electric Diesel and Hybrid.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG





Date: 09/21/22 07:51
Re: Progress Rail launches hibrid locomotive GT38H in Brazil
Author: tomstp

From looking at the engine you sure won't confuse it with any other engine series.



Date: 09/21/22 12:24
Re: Progress Rail launches hibrid locomotive GT38H in Brazil
Author: Ritzville

Interesting locomotive, thanks Pedro for your narrative.

Larry



Date: 09/21/22 18:35
Re: Progress Rail launches hibrid locomotive GT38H in Brazil
Author: masterphots

Looks like something from Legoland



Date: 09/21/22 18:53
Re: Progress Rail launches hibrid locomotive GT38H in Brazil
Author: zorz

pedrop Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Hi, the news from Progress Rail of Brazil:
>
> RUMO WILL RECEIVE FOR TESTS TWO NEW AND EXCLUSIVE
> GT38H LOCOMOTIVES
>
> Progress Rail located in Hortolândia SP today
> announced its plans to supply hybrid locomotives,
> combining diesel engines and batteries, taking
> advantage of the company's continuous innovations
> in propulsion technologies.
>
> Rumo in Brazil will receive the first hybrid
> locomotives from Progress Rail in 2022. They will
> be two GT38H intermediate power locomotives and
> should be delivered for testing in regional
> freight services.
>
> “These hybrid units will provide fuel and
> emissions reductions with less upfront investment
> for our valued customers like Rumo.” commented
> Marty Haycraft, President and CEO of Progress
> Rail. “We are pleased to support our customers
> with solutions that help them achieve
> sustainability goals.”
>
> These locomotives use modular architecture to
> remain flexible to future fuels, maintain the
> capacity of their diesel counterparts, and are
> capable of charging regenerative and external
> batteries.
>
> “Sustainability guides all our actions at Rumo,
> so the partnership with Progress Rail is very
> important to us and aims to bring the best
> solution to our operations”, says Marcus Jorge,
> director of rolling stock at Rumo. "With the
> positive result of the tests, we will be able to
> increase the number of hybrid locomotives. In
> addition to the environmental impact, they will
> add more comfort to our drivers and increase
> safety on our railway."
>
> Progress Rail has already supplied two PR22 diesel
> locomotives for CPTM and an electric one for Vale,
> the similarity between them is only in the fairing
> and structure, but the technologies introduced so
> far bring variations between Electric, Electric
> Diesel and Hybrid.

Love how funky it looks. It's on the same frame as the others, so I'm guessing a CAT engine instead of EMD, though it has the same inverter cabinets right behind the cab and dynamic brakes at the end of the long hood. Thanks for posting!



Date: 09/22/22 20:56
Re: Progress Rail launches hibrid locomotive GT38H in Brazil
Author: SantaFe9820

looks like a six axles Moon rover! Love it!



Date: 09/26/22 15:16
Re: Progress Rail launches hibrid locomotive GT38H in Brazil
Author: callum_out

The general arrangement isn't that different from the conception pictures of the Joule switch unit
coming to Pacific Harbor LInes. What is interesting is that we won't see SD70J units until 2024,
Brazil is ahead of us!

Out



Date: 09/26/22 17:04
Re: Progress Rail launches hibrid locomotive GT38H in Brazil
Author: zorz

callum_out Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> The general arrangement isn't that different from
> the conception pictures of the Joule switch unit
> coming to Pacific Harbor LInes. What is
> interesting is that we won't see SD70J units until
> 2024,
> Brazil is ahead of us!
>
> Out

Wait, SD70J??

How did I miss these? Maybe they are the 20 units UP is buying... https://twitter.com/progress_rail/status/1554590293135081472?s=21&t=bfES10wcKLApAUZBM9RvNg

Very cool :)



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