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While Railpower was still dabbling with their hybrid "Green Goat" switchers, NRE rocked the switching locomotive world with its first Genset switcher, alternately known at first as a TES, or Truck Engine Switcher. The original unit was UPY 2005, and had a pair of 700-hp Cummins QSK19 engines on either side of a center-mounted cab. The original invoked a lot of comparisons to ALCo's diminutive C-415 switcher.

NRE, or National Railway Equipment, has a large used locomotive lease fleet, and also does extensive rebuild work. They have shops in thier home base of Dixmoor, IL, along with shops in Mt. Vernon and Silvis, IL and the former VMV shop in Paducah, KY. The similarity of the UPY 2005 to an early ALCo design is likely no coincidence, as NRE also owns the rights to ALCo's designs.

NRE offers four different genset models - a single engine 700hp model 1GS7B, the twin engine 1,400hp model 2GS14B, the three engine 2,100hp 4 axle 3GS21B, and the three engine 2,100hp six axle 3GS21C. A fifth variant, the six axle, four engine 3GS28C, has been announced, but as of Sept. 2009 none have been built. Also, a separate listing is provided here for the 3GS21B-DE unit, which is a 3GS21B that is equipped with extended range dynamic braking.

Model: 1GS7B
700 hp 1-engine genset locomotive, engines: 1 - Cummins QSK19 (700hp each), on 4 axles.
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Alliance Grain Terminal AGT (NREX) 2605 1 2009 Mt Vernon? EMD SW? Vancouver BC area Grain Elevator
Bunge North America BNGX 8001-8004 4 2008 Mt Vernon EMD SW-type Midwest Grain Elevators
National Railway Equipment NREX 700 1 2009 Mt Vernon EMD SW Demonstration/Lease
Viterra, Inc VITX 2010 1 2008 Mt Vernon EMD NW Vancouver BC area Grain Elevator
 
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7        

Model: 2GS14B
1,400 hp 2-engine genset locomotive, engines: 2 - Cummins QSK19 (700hp each), on 4 axles.
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CSX Transportation CSXT 1317-1319 3 2009 Dixmoor New New Jersey
Dallas, Garland & NE DGNO 140-141 2 2007 Paducah New Dallas, TX shortline
Fort Worth & Western FWWR 2013-2014 2 2007 Mt. Vernon EMD GP Fort Worth, TX shortline
Gulf Coast Rail Services OPT 2222 1 2009 Mt. Vernon EMD GP Orange Port Terminal, Orange, TX
National Railway Equipment NREX 2007 1 2007   EMD GP-7 Demonstrator, poss. OPT 2222 now?
Odfjell Houston Terminal NREX 1400 1 2009 Mt. Vernon EMD GP9u Houston, TX bulk facility
SE Pennsylvania Transportation Auth. SEPA 70 1 2008 Mt. Vernon New Pennsylvania Commuter Line
Union Pacific UPY 2005 1

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Mt. Vernon EMD MP-15 Prototype. W. Colton, CA
 
Total:
12        

Model: 3GS21B
2,100 hp 3-engine genset locomotive, engines: 3 - Cummins QSK19 (700hp each), on 4 axles.
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BNSF Railway BNSF 1220-1292 73 2007-8 All locations New Most deployed to TX, 5 in CA Bay Area
CSX Transportation CSXT 1300-1307 8 2008 Paducah New Dearborn, MI and NY area
Mass. Bay Transportation Auth. MBTA 3248-3249 2 2009 Paducah New Boston Area Commuter Railroad
National Railway Equipment NREX 2008-2009 2 2007   New Demonstrator/Lease
National Railway Equipment NREX 2011 1 2007 Dixmoor? New Brief demo, then to BNSF 1240
National Railway Equipment NREX 2013 1 2007 Dixmoor? New Brief demo, then to BNSF 1286
National Railway Equipment NREX 2014 1 2009 Paducah New Demonstrator. Temporary?
National Railway Equipment NREX 2015 1 2009 Paducah New Demo? Seen in-plant, then not again
Neptune Bulk Terminals NREX 808 1 2009 Mt. Vernon New North Vancouver, BC with NRE slug
Norfolk Southern NS 300-301 2 2007 Mt. Vernon New System-wide
Nova Chemicals NCLX 9120 1 2009 Paducah? New Red Deer, AB chemical plant
Pacific Harbor Line PHL 30-31 2 2007 Mt. Vernon New LA/Long Beach Harbor area
Pacific Harbor Line PHL 33-34 2 2008 Mt. Vernon New LA/Long Beach Harbor area
San Diego & Imperial Valley SDIY 701-702 2 2009 Mt. Vernon New San Diego shortline
Union Pacific UPY 2701-2760 60 2006-7 All sites New Los Angeles Basin, CA
US Army USAX 6500-6501 2 2007 Mt. Vernon New Fort Bliss, TX
US Army USAX 6502-6503 2 2008 Mt. Vernon New Fort Lewis, WA
US Army USAX 6504-6506 3 2009 Mt.V, Pad. New KS, TX, CO
 
Total:
163* 3 units not counted    

Model: 3GS21B-DE
2,100 hp 3-engine genset locomotive, engines: 3 - Cummins QSK19 (700hp ea.), on 4 axles, w/ dynamic brakes.
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California Northern CFNR 501-505 5 2009 Dix-Pad New Napa Valley of CA
Canadian Pacific CP 2100-2101 2 2007 Paducah New Toronto area
CSX Transportation CSXT 1308-1313 6 2007 Pad-Mt.V New Chicago, IL area
Metropolitan Stevedore MSC 0805 1 2008 Mt. Vernon New Long Beach, CA docks
National Railway Equipment NREX 2020 1 2009   New Demonstrator
 
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15        

Model: 3GS21C
2,100 hp 3-engine genset loco, engines: 3 - Cummins QSK19 (700hp ea.), on 6 axles, w/ or w/o dynamic brakes.
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Norfolk Southern NS 3850 1 2008 Mt. Vernon EMD SD40 System-wide
Pacific Harbor Line PHL 80-81 2 2008 Mt. Vernon EMD SD40/5 LA/Long Beach, CA harbors
 
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3        

For corrections, questions or to contribute photos, please e-mail me at: potb101@aim.com. Thanks!

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