Cummins Tier 4 freight locomotive headed to Indiana for testing

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Cummins' test locomotive for its Tier 4 compliant QSK-95 engine is CECX No. 1919, a re-powered SD90AC. Photographers spotted the locomotive dead-in-tow on CSX Transportation's westbound Q369 in Fostoria, Ohio. The Indiana Rail Road will host further tests on the locomotive.
Dale A. DeVene Jr.
WILLARD, Ohio — Despite depressing news from other locomotive makers, Cummins is moving forward with its latest venture in North American railroading, a re-powered SD90AC locomotive the engine maker will test on Indiana Rail Road.

Photographers spotted Cummins' CECX No. 1919 in Northwest Ohio on Nov. 8, moving from Brookville Equipment Corp. in Brookville, Pa., to Indiana Rail Road to begin field testing on the Midwest regional. The locomotive was built as Union Pacific SD90AC No. 8559 in 2000, retired six years later in 2006 by Union Pacific and used in lease service for several years before being selected to become the testbed for Cummins large Tier 4-compliant engine: the QSK-95.

Initial conversion work on No. 1919 was done at Sygnet Rail Technologies in Tacoma, Wash., before movement to Brookville in early 2015 for completion. An industry insider says the mechanical conversion was done by Sygnet and Brookville, with Cummins planning to install the Tier 4 emissions equipment after arrival on the Indiana Rail Road. The locomotive carried the model designation HTL4200AC prior to departing Sygnet for Brookville.

CECX No. 1919 was designed to be a one-of-a-kind locomotive to test the QSK-95 engine. Cummins corporate offices are located in Columbus, Ind., about an hour south of the railroad's Indianapolis headquarters.
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