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One of the main competitors in the genset road switcher market, Railpower is more well known for its Green Goat line of hybrid locomotives. The bulk of Railpower's genset production is made up by a 98-unit order of their RP20BD model for Union Pacific, the largest genset order placed to date for any manufacturer. The RP20BD has three 667-hp Deutz TCD2015 V-8 diesel engines, for a total of 2,000 horsepower. Like other genset locomotives, the RP20BD achieves part of its fuel savings and efficiency by turning engines on as needed, and shutting them down when they aren't. By this method, Railpower claims the RP20 can achieve fuel savings of 20-35% over conventional models.

Railpower's locomotives are all built using the frames of retired locomotives as a starting point. Existing components are stripped off of the frame, trucks are rebuilt, and the new appliances are applied. In this way, Railpower is as much a recycler as a builder. Platforms for the RP20BD units include later EMD GP-series locomotives (GP35, GP38, etc.) and GE B-series units (B23-7, B30-7, etc.). The RP14BD is designed to use earlier EMD GP-series frames (GP9, etc) and larger SW-frames (SW1000, SW1500). The six axle platforms are designed for EMD's larger SD-series locomotive frames. Candidates for conversion include the SD38, SD40 and SD50 among others.

In addition to their entries in the genset market, Railpower is well known for its "Green Goat" line of hybrid switching locomotives. Those locomotives, which use a battery pack for most of their power, are also built on recycled frames. The Green Goats are offered in the 1,000 hp GG10B and more common 2,000 hp-rated GG20B. In addition, the company has built a 1,000 hp "Green Kid" on an SW-type frame. Railpower hasn't produced a hybrid since mid-2006.

In 2009, Railpower suffered through a bankruptcy that saw the company change hands and emerge under the ownership of the Kentucky-based RJ Corman Group. The reorganized entity is no longer a Canadian-owned business.

Model: RP14BD
1,340 hp 2-engine genset locomotive, engines: 2 - Deutz TCD2015 V-8 (667hp ea.), on 4 axles.
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BNSF Railway BNSF 1211 1 2008 CAD Rail GG20B Fort Worth, TX
Kansas City Southern KCS 1400-1401 2 2009 CAD Rail GG20B Port Arthur, TX
Norfolk Southern NS 2120-2121 2 2008 TMS Altoona EMD SW1500 System wide
 
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5        

Model: RP20BD
2,000 hp 3-engine genset locomotive, engines: 3 - Deutz TCD2015 V-8 (667hp ea.), on 4 axles.
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Modesto & Empire Traction MET 2000-2001 2 2009 TMS Altoona GG20B Modesto, CA
Norfolk Southern NS 100-101 2 2007 TMS Altoona EMD GP38AC System wide
Railpower RPRX 5400 1 2007 Super Steel EMD GP38 Demonstrator
Railpower RPRX 5402-5406 5 2007 CAD Rail GE B-boats UP Lease, Stockton, CA
Railpower RPRX 5407 1 2008 CAD Rail EMD GP9 Renumbered RPRX 2009
RJ Corman Railpower RPRX 2009 1 2008 CAD Rail EMD GP9 Demonstration
RJ Corman Railroad RJCC xxxx 1 2010 TMS Altoona EMD GP9 Under construction
Union Pacific UPY 2602-2699 98 2006-7 SSteel, CAD GE B-boats Texas
Virginia International Terminal NITX 1706-1707 2 2009 TMS Altoona GG20B Not delivered. Owned by NS.
 
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112        

Model: RP20CD
2,000 hp 3-engine genset locomotive, engines: 3 - Deutz TCD2015 V-8 (667hp ea.), on 6 axles.
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Norfolk Southern NS 3830 1 2008 TMS Altoona SD40-2 System-wide
RJ Corman Railroad RJCC xxxx 1 2010 TMS Altoona EMD SD40-2 Under construction
Union Pacific UPY 894-895 2 2009 AMP Dansville SD40-2 Roseville, CA
Union Pacific UPY 896-899 4 2008 CAD Rail SD40-2 Roseville, CA
 
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8        

Model: RP20BH
2,000 hp 2-engine genset/hybrid loco, engines: 2 - Deutz TCD2015 V-8 (667hp ea.) plus batteries, on 4 axles.
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Railpower RPRX 5401 1 2007 Super Steel EMD GP38 Stored at CAD Rail
 
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1        

Model: GG20B
2,000 hp rated hybrid locomotive, engines: 1-300hp Cat C9 genset plus battery bank, on 4 axle GP-type frame.
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Amtrak AMTK 599 1 2006 Alstom AB GMD GP9 Now RPRX 2406
Bechtel INEL RPRX 2000 1 2006 Super Steel EMD GP35 INEL, Scoville ID
BNSF Railway BNSF 1210-1213 4 2005 Alstom AB EMD GP9 TX Stored, 1211 to RP14BD same #
BP Amoco RPRX 1703 1 2006 Alstom AB GMD GP9 Cherry Point, WA, ex-CP
Canadian Pacific CP 1700-1705 6 2006 Alstom AB GMD GP9 Returned to RP. Sold to AMTK, BP, USAX
Kansas City Southern KCS 1868-1869 2 2005 Alstom AB EMD GP10 Converted to RP14BD KCS 1400-1401
Lubrizoil LZRX 2006 1 2006 Super Steel EMD GP10 Deer Park, TX facility
Modoc Rail Academy RPRX 2608 1 2006 Super Steel EMD GP10 Pleasant Grove, CA training school
Railpower RPRX 2401-2405 5 2004-5 Alstom AB EMD GP's Converted to gensets
Railpower RPRX 1705 1 2006 Alstom AB GMD GP9u Sold to VA Int'l Terminals, NITX 1705
RJ Corman Railpower RPRX 414 1 2006 RSS Bodie, TX EMD GP ex-RSSX 414, RJC switching ops
RJ Corman Railpower RPRX 1701, 2406 2 2006 Alstom AB GMD GP9 RJC KY switching operations
Railserve, Inc. RSSX 414-9140 10 2005-6 Bodie, TX` EMD GP's Various TX switching contracts
Union Pacific UPY 2004 1 2004 Alstom AB EMD GP9 At TMS awaiting rebuild to genset
Union Pacific UPY 2300-2309 10 2005 MPI Boise GE B-boat Texas
Union Pacific UPY 2310-2319 10 2006 CAD Rail GE B-boat LA Basin, CA
US Army USAX 6000-6002 3 2005 MPI Boise EMD GP9 WA, OK, CA. All at Hill AFB for rebuild
US Army USAX 6003-6004 2 2006 SSteel, Alstm EMD GP WI, TX
Virginai Int'l Terminal NITX 1705 1 2006 Alstom AB GMD GP9u Norfolk, VA Terminal
 
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55        

Model: GG10B
1,000 hp rated hybrid locomotive, engines: 1-300hp Cat C9 genset plus battery bank, on 4 axle GP frame.
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Railserve, Inc. RSSX 103-4489 6 2006 Bodie, TX EMD GP's Various switching contracts
Railpower RPRX 2001 1 2001 SRY Trapp EMD GP9 Original Prototype, class GGS2000D
 
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7        

Model: GK10B
1,000 hp rated hybrid locomotive, engines: 1-300hp Cat C9 genset genset plus battery bank, on 4 axle SW frame.
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Agrium, Inc. RPRX 002 1 2004 SRY Trapp GMD SW1200 Red Water, AB plant
Railpower RPRX 2003 1 2003 SRY Trapp GMD SW1200 Donated to Museum, St Constant, QB
IDC Distribution RPRX 001 1 2004 SRY Trapp GMD SW1200 Surrey, BC container facility
Railserve, Inc. RSSX 356 1 2006 Alstom AB EMD SW9 TX switching contract
 
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4        

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