Sparrows Point makes locomotives more fuel efficient

Sparrows Point said this morning it has loaded some of its locomotives with equipment that will reduce idling time and emissions as part of a clean diesel program initiated by the port of Baltimore.

The Baltimore County steel mill said seven switch locomotives would be outfitted with the equipment that will automatically shut down the engine when it has been idling for a certain amount of time. The engine will automatically restart to keep the engine coolant warm in cold weather and when power is needed from the locomotive.

The company said the equipment will result in reductions of as much as 50 percent in fuel consumption and emissions.

Sparrows Point, owned by Russian conglomerate Severstal, used federal stimulus money to equip the locomotives.

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