Train Idling around CA Ports

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  1. jamwadmag

    jamwadmag Road Train Member

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    [SIZE=+2]Air quality officials to appeal train-idling decision

    [/SIZE][SIZE=-1]10:00 PM PDT on Friday, May 18, 2007

    [/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]The Press-Enterprise[/SIZE] Regional air pollution officials decided Friday to appeal a federal court ruling last month that bars them from limiting the length of time locomotives can idle while parked in train yards.

    In an effort to reduce pollution from diesel soot, the South Coast Air Quality Management District adopted rules that limited locomotive idling to 30 minutes and required the railroads to track idling times.
    The rules also required railroads to assess the health risks faced by residents living near 19 rail yards in Southern California.
    Diesel soot has been linked to cancer, heart disease and other health problems.


    The air district's rules were struck down by U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter in Los Angeles after railroad companies sued.
    Railroad officials contended the air quality agency had no authority over locomotives and successfully argued that the rules are pre-empted by federal regulations protecting the free flow of interstate commerce.


    (?) Heard on the news (but cant remember exact quote), that combined diesel locomotive idling in L.A. area is equivalent to emissions from 250K autos each year!:biggrin_25521:
     
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  3. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I'm not sure how much down time they need before they shut them down, but I'd guess yard engines never are shut down, and regular line locomotives are seldom shut down, the old ones were always running.. They are lightly loaded by the generator or alternator so they would start harder and would also idle warmer than a truck engine.
     
  4. Truckin Juggalo

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    In this case it sounds like turning off the engine is a bad thing, i dont know much about trains never been near or inside one, never met anyone who was a conductor or worked on a train yard so i have no ideal

    all i can say is if its a bad thing to make them turn the engine off they should find a way to "Add on" some type of emission Reduction system or assist the railroad in implementing a emission reduction system
     
  5. jamwadmag

    jamwadmag Road Train Member

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    ....$30K+, but for a $1M diesel locomotive, just a drop in the bucket!!:biggrin_2554:
     
  6. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    So they can pay for it out of all the profits they are expected to make because high fuel prices will raise trucking costs more than rail transit.
    At least, that's what investors have been spouting off about for months now.

    The particulate filters for a truck engine cost thousands, too.
     
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