North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper joined state Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon, other officials and members of the public Aug. 1 to christen two rebuilt and repowered
locomotives for use in the daily Piedmont passenger train service it operates with Amtrak.
The department introduced the locomotives – #1984 "City of Kannapolis" and #1871 "Town of Cary" – during an event at the NCDOT's Locomotive and Railcar Maintenance Facility in Raleigh.
"We are pleased to christen two of our newly rebuilt locomotives in honor of the Town of Cary and City of Kannapolis for their long association with rail service in North Carolina," said Trogdon. "Rail improvements like this are essential to providing a comprehensive transportation system to move people safely and efficiently."
The NCDOT said it names its locomotives for the cities along the Charlotte-to-Raleigh passenger rail corridor, and that each unit's number corresponds to the incorporation date or charter date of the city after which it is named.
They were both painted in the NCDOT Piedmont service paint scheme, which incorporates colors and symbols contained in North Carolina's state flag.
The announcement said the locomotives were originally built in 1990 for Toronto's GoTransit system. But as part of the NCDOT's Piedmont Improvement Program, funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, they were completely rebuilt mechanically, upgraded electrically and received car body repairs, while the 3,000-horsepower engines were upgraded to higher-level emission standards.
All the work was completed at the Norfolk Southern Juanita shops in Altoona, Pa., the NCDOT said. "The cost of purchasing and rebuilding the locomotives was $2.15 million, far less than the $6 million to $7 million cost of a comparable new passenger locomotive," it added.
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