Metrolink's F125 debut stalls — literally

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Technical difficulties brought Metrolink's plans to unveil a new Tier 4 locomotive to a halt.

On Nov. 18, crowds and officials gathered at Metrolink's Southern California Newhall Station in anticipation of seeing the first locomotive in a $280 million-order from builder Progress Rail. By 5 p.m., some 70 minutes after the event began — the locomotive still had not appeared, and rumors began to circulate that it had stalled en route.

The train finally approached the station at about 5:20, but broke down again, 300 yards from the station and blocked a grade crossing.

The Signal in Santa Clarita Valley reports that videos taken at the scene show Art Leahy, Metrolink's CEO, dialing other officials to try to find a solution and at one point pleading with the train engineer to move out of the crossing.

Metrolink has said that the new Tier 4 locomotives will reduce particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 85 percent, and will compensate for the pollution of more than 30,000 vehicles annually. So far, the project has used $169 million in taxpayer funds.

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