The Cummins QSK95 is making news this week inside and outside the exhibition hall at Railway Interchange 2013, North America’s largest rail trade show.
Inside, the eight-foot tall, 14-foot-long engine was turning heads as the centerpiece of the Cummins’ booth at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. The 16-cylinder engine is the largest high speed diesel the Company has ever built.
Outside the hall, Cummins announced the ultra-low emissions engine will begin commercial operations next year with the Indiana Rail Road Company (IRR), enabling field test engineers to easily study the 95-liter engine as it powers a locomotive hauling coal and mixed freight across the IRR network.
“Our customers want proven technology,” said Kathryn Unger, General Manager of Rail Marketing for Cummins Power Generation. “This partnership with the Indiana Rail Road Company is a terrific opportunity for us to demonstrate the clean diesel power the QSK95 will provide.”
Sygnet Rail Technologies is currently refurbishing the locomotive that will feature the QSK95. It also built the module that wraps around the engine and the exhaust after-treatment that is on display at the exhibition hall so visitors can see what the engine will look like inside a locomotive.
Cummins will own and operate the 4,200 hp locomotive powered by the QSK95. Cummins engineers will be able to constantly monitor the locomotive’s operations on the IRR network and can fine tune the engine remotely to achieve optimal power delivery and fuel efficiency.
“We believe our high speed QSK95 will bring not just cleaner operation, but achieve higher performance and lower operating costs than IRR has seen before with their traditional medium-speed powered locomotives,” said Ed Pence, Vice President – Cummins High Horsepower Engine Business.
Unger said she expects the IRR partnership to begin by the third quarter of next year. Meanwhile, limited production of the engine is expected to start in 2015 with full production slated for 2016.
The QSK95 will meet the most stringent emission standards, including EPA Tier 4 Final regulations taking effect in 2015. The engine, which is being built at the Seymour (Ind.) Engine Plant, is being marketed for use in passenger and freight locomotives as well as tugs and towboats, mining and off-shore drilling and power generation systems.
The Railway Interchange show takes place every two years, drawing people in the railroad industry from across North America. The show, which focuses on freight transportation, is one of the highest profile trade show events yet for the QSK95 since it was first unveiled to the public in November, 2011.
Railway Interchange 2013 started Sunday, Sept. 29, and concludes Wednesday, Oct. 2.