Motive Power & Equipment Solutions, Inc. (DBA/MP&ES of Greenville SC) today announced the completion of project 550, a 42.5 ton Diesel Electric locomotive purchased by the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure and is set for delivery to the Isle of Man Railway early December 2013.
The unit designation is a MP550-B1 and is powered by one (1) Tier 3 Cummings QSX15 550HP Diesel Engine connected to a 480 3Phase Alternator and powering four (4) DC 250 HP Traction Motors. The propulsion system is equipped with a microprocessor for traction, alternator and engine controls. This unit has each traction motor directly connected to a reduction type gear box, top speed which is limited by the gearing, is 29 MPH.
It is understood that the MP550-B1 locomotive will be utilized as a rescue vehicle and maintenance support vehicle which is able to be started, and placed into service promptly if one of the primary steam locomotives is taken out of service. By utilizing the MP550-1 locomotive as a backup to the historic steam locomotives, the railway is able to maintain the h
istoric presence and simply keeps the original value of the Isle of Man Railway in place.