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Diesel Locomotive Debuts At Stockton Railroad

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

The Omni 1050 locomotive, which debuted Tuesday at the Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad, is billed as the cleanest in the world.

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

A diesel locomotive billed as the cleanest in the world made its debut Tuesday at the Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad.

The $2 million price tag for the Omni 1050 locomotive was helped by a $900,000 grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in a public-private partnership.

David Arganbright with OmniTRAX, which manages the railroad, says the grant provided the right incentive to go green.

“A small railroad like ours does not burn a lot of fuel annually and we could not internally justify spending corporate resources on a project of this size,” he said. “However, with a public-private partnership, it made sense for us to do so.”

He says the locomotive is 93 percent cleaner than a standard locomotive and has 40 to 50 percent savings in fuel.

The Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad provides rail freight service in the greater Stockton area with 25 miles of track.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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