Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Build No. Bld Date Road No. Notes 8/09 NS 999 Donor unit: NS 2911 GP38; originally PC 7732 GP38 Rebuilt 7/2014 to operate with 864 lead-carbon batteries from Axion Power International Notes: - Fully battery powered with no means of self-charging other than regenerative dynamic brakes - Regenerative braking can be automatically blended with independant brake or used similar to standard dynamic braking - Series of ducts and air channels throughout; one blower pushes air through the entire setup and exits through the louvers located on all of the long hood doors - 26L brake; 65:11 gear ratio; no CSS/LSL; DC traction motors - originally built with 1,080 lead-acid Odyssey batteries from EnerSys; 1,350 hp - Weighed approximately 294,300 lbs at first configuration in 2009 - reconfigured 7/2014 with 864 lead-carbon batteries from Axion Power International and new battery management system by TVM Control Systems 9/28/2009: (NS Corp) Batteries ARE included: Norfolk Southern Unveils Experimental Electric Locomotive 9/28/2009: (YouTube) Roll Out of NS 999 9/29/2009: (Altoona Mirror) Norfolk Southern Unveils World’s First Electric Locomotive 9/29/2009: (US DOT) Norfolk Southern 999 Demonstrates Commitment to Making Transportation Cleaner and Greener 10/1/2009: (PSU) Penn State and Norfolk Southern Develop Battery-Powered Train 10/2009: (EnerSys) Odyssey Batteries Power Norfolk Southern's Prototype Hybrid Four-Axle Switcher 7/21/2010: (MARAMA) Regenerative / Hybrid Locomotive Technology 3/20/2012: (USPTO) Patent Granted to Norfolk Southern for Battery-Powered All-Electric Locomotive and Related Locomotive and Train Configurations 4/26/2012: (PR Newswire) Axion Power Receives Initial Norfolk Southern Order for PbC® Batteries 9/28/2012: (Altoona Mirror) PSU, Norfolk Southern Receive Federal Grant 10/3/2012: (New Castle News) Federal Grant to Fund Hybrid Rail Locomotive 11/2012: 2012 Norfolk Southern Sustainability Report 11/15/2012: (Seeking Alpha) Axion Power International's CEO Discusses Q3 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript 1/5/2013: (NBSNews FutureTech) Battery Aging Reversed to Keep Electric Train Chugging Along 1/11/2013: (Axion Power) PbC Batteries Continue To Demonstrate Effectiveness For Railroad Applications 7/2013: (NS Corp) 2013 Sustainability Report 2/4/2014: (Google Patents) Battery-powered all-electric and/or hybrid locomotive and related locomotive and train configurations 4/1/2014: (Seeking Alpha) Axion Power International's CEO Discusses Q4 2013 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
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