RPRX 5400 (RP20BD) successful demonstrations to California Shortlines prove Railpower multi-gensets are industry top performers



    TSX symbol: P

    BROSSARD, QC, July 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Railpower Technologies Corp.
announces the successful completion of a series of demonstrations of the
RPRX 5400 (RP20BD) to various California Shortline Railroads. For Railpower,
the demonstrations represented the opportunity to showcase the merits of the
RP20BD design: when compared to a conventional GP38 locomotive, advanced
adhesion in certain operational conditions is increased by approximately
54 percent, fuel consumption is reduced up to 45 percent, and reductions of
NOx and particulate matter emissions are 80 and 90 percent, respectively.
    Commencing in January, the demonstrations were conducted at Modesto &
Empire Traction Company (M&ET), Richmond Pacific Railroad (RPRC), Central
California Traction Company (CCT), San Joaquin Valley Railroad (SJVR), and
California Northern Railroad. Due to their rapidly aging fleets and smaller
operating budgets, these shortlines can significantly impact their bottom
lines by choosing Eco-Motive's most well-known product, the RP20BD. With a
3-to-2 replacement ratio, the RP20BD units can perform almost twice the work
of a conventional locomotive, depending on application and horsepower
requirements, all-the-while reducing fuel consumption by up to 45%.
    "It was a pleasure testing Railpower's RPRX 5400 on the M&ET. We ran the
locomotive twenty-four hours a day for over two weeks and never experienced
any mechanical problems," said Ken Beard, Vice President of M&ET. "The RPRX
locomotive, with its excellent tractive effort, easily performed the work of
three of our GE 600 horsepower locomotives. We saw an average fuel savings of
over 40% when compared to our GE locomotives. The fact that the RPRX 5400
meets our area's current and future emission standards further validates our
desire to place GenSet locomotive power to work for our railroad."
    "The locomotive was tested on the Central California Traction Company
(CCT) at the Port of Stockton for seven working days. CCT experienced a 47%
fuel savings at Port Stockton when the RPRX 5400 was compared to the operation
of two SW1500 locomotives. The locomotive was able to handle 4000 tons up a 2%
grade, by itself," said Dave Buccolo, General Manager of the Central
California Traction Company. "On the CCT mainline, the RPRX 5400 replaced a
GP18 for six days, and the fuel savings was 56% when compared with the GP18
operating the same number of hours."
    "The locomotive was tested on our railroad for two weeks. In addition to
the fuel savings, our Train Crews were impressed by the sight distance from
inside the cab during switching operations, and by the locomotive's ability to
supply power," said Randy Perry, General Manager of SJVR. "During the stay on
our property, the locomotive performed daily, and experienced zero mechanical
problems."
    "Railpower is confident that as more-and-more potential customers are
exposed to our products, we will quickly become the industry name representing
performance, cost savings, and eco-friendliness. In addition to the RPRX 5400,
I am very proud of the entire Eco-Motive portfolio Railpower is able to offer
to our customers today," stated Mitch Gillispie, VP of North American Sales
and Marketing at Railpower.

    About Railpower

    Railpower Technologies (TSX: P) develops, markets, produces and sells
specialized, patented, environment-friendly technology systems for the
transportation and related industries. Railpower's technologies significantly
reduce fuel usage, operating and maintenance costs and emissions. While
Railpower's origins are in the transportation industry, its technologies have
broad potential and applications in other markets and industries. Railpower is
headquartered in Brossard, Quebec. It U.S. office is located in Erie,
Pennsylvania. (www.railpower.com)

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management's current views, beliefs and assumptions and are subject to certain
risks and uncertainties, known and unknown, including, without limitation, the
ability to secure new orders, the ability to retain our employees, product
development or manufacturing delays, the ability of our current manufacturing
supplier to meet our production demands in terms of quantity, quality and
costs, our ability to reach a satisfactory agreement with another supplier if
necessary or to build, rent or buy a manufacturing facility, changing
environmental regulations, the ability to attract and retain business
partners, the acceptance of our existing and new products, future levels of
government funding, the need to obtain and maintain proprietary rights over
our technology, competition from other technologies or new competitors, the
ability to access the capital required for research, product development,
operations and marketing, the need to generate positive cash flow in the
foreseeable future, potential legal liability related to the recall of our
Green Goat(R) locomotives, changes in energy prices and currency levels. Many
factors could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be
materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that
may be expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Should one or
more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the assumptions
underlying our projections or forward-looking statements prove incorrect, our
actual results may vary materially from those described in this report as
intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated, or expected. Unless
otherwise required by law, we do not intend or do not assume any obligation to
update these forward-looking statements whether as a result of new
information, plans, events or otherwise.




For further information:

For further information: Kamila Wirpszo, Vice-President, General Counsel
and Corporate Secretary, Railpower Technologies Corp., (450) 678-5277 ext.
518, Toll Free: 1-866-678-5277, kwirpszo@railpower.com

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