Norfolk Southern Corp., Norfolk, Va., released a new fleet of environmentally friendly, rail yard locomotives for its 47th Street, Chicago, intermodal facility.

The engines are branded “Eco” locomotives for reducing emissions and fuel consumption. The new units feature a stylistic green paint scheme with an Illinois-shaped icon and the slogan "Working Together for a Cleaner State."

The 3,000-horsepower engines meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s strict Tier-3 emissions standards for locomotives. Fifteen of the locomotives will be put to work at the company’s five major Chicago rail yards by the end this year. The units are expected to prevent the release of 7.58 tons of particulate matter and 196 tons of nitrogen oxides pollutants annually while using less fuel compared with older switching locomotives. 

Norfolk Southern designed and built the locomotives at its Juniata, Pa., locomotive shop, using components from Electro-Motive Diesel, a division of Progress Rail Services, a Caterpillar company.

Norfolk Southern Corp.