North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper, wife of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, joined state and local officials and community members, to christen the #1984 “City of Kannapolis” locomotive that will be used on the state’s Piedmont passenger service. The event was held at the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Locomotive and Railcar Maintenance Facility in Raleigh. The locomotive began service last month.
“We are pleased to christen one of our newly rebuilt locomotives in honor of the City of Kannapolis and its long association with rail service in North Carolina,” remarked NCDOT Secretary Jim Trogdon. “Rail improvements like this are essential to providing a comprehensive transportation system to move people safely and efficiently.”
As part of NCDOT’s Piedmont Improvement Program, the locomotive, which was originally built in 1990 for Toronto’s GoTransit system, was mechanically rebuilt, upgraded electrically and received car body repairs. The 3,000 horse power engine was also upgraded to EPA Tier 0+ emission standards. The work was completed at the Norfolk Southern Juanita shops in Altoona, Pa. The cost of purchasing and rebuilding the locomotive was $2.15 million.
NCDOT names its locomotives for the cities along the Charlotte to Raleigh passenger rail corridor.