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Atlas N 40004857 Silver Series ALP-45DP, NJ Transit #4530

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The ALP-45DP is a "dual mode" locomotive, capable of drawing power from either overhead electrical wires or its own pair of 12-cylinder Caterpillar diesel engines. These flexible locomotives were designed to provide a one-seat commute from NJ TRANSIT's various diesel-only lines into the electrified territory that leads to New York City's Penn Station. This fulfills the requirement of not operating diesels through the North River Tunnels and within the subterranean Penn Station complex. Produced by Bombardier Transportation in Kassel, Germany, the first ALP-45DP locomotive entered service on NJ TRANSIT on May 30, 2012.

NJ TRANSIT's 35 ALP-45DP locomotives are commonly seen on commuter trains traversing the Morristown Line, Montclair-Boonton Line, Raritan Valley Line, and North Jersey Coast Line. These lines do not have overhead electrical wires for their entire length, necessitating a change of power source somewhere en-route. Previously, locomotives or entire trainsets would have to be changed, inconveniencing riders. The ALP-45DP alleviates this need, performing the switch from diesel to electric power (or vice versa) in just under two minutes during a routine station stop.

Concurrent with its purchase of ALP-45DP locomotives, NJ TRANSIT also purchased 62 multi-level cab cars from Bombardier Transportation. These cab cars are used on the opposite end of the train from the ALP-45DP locomotive to facilitate "push-pull" operations, where the engineer in the cab car can control the locomotive pushing from the other end of the train. A cab car provides an engineer with all of the same controls as a locomotive cab, allowing the train to reverse direction without turning around. Cab cars also include all standard locomotive safety features, such as a horn and bell.

Approximately 20 multi-level trailer cars on NJ TRANSIT are adorned with one of four vinyl wraps promoting railroad safety. These models feature crisp lettering and designs created directly from the prototype's original artwork.

ALP-45DP Features:
Designed from prototype drawings and field research with the cooperation of NJ TRANSIT
Illuminated directional LED headlight/ditchlights and red marker lights
Pantograph (non-functioning) can be positioned up or down
Five pole skewed armature motor with dual flywheels for optimum performance at all speeds
Factory-applied railings, air horn, and antenna details
Grab irons packed separately for customer application (includes drilling template)

Multi-level Cab Car Features:
Designed from prototype drawings and field research with the cooperation of NJ TRANSIT
Illuminated directional LED headlight/ditchlights and red marker lights
Interior includes seat details and LED illumination
Provision for mounting a speaker
Separately applied air horn, antenna, lift lugs, end barriers, and rubber diaphragms
Free-rolling metal wheels

Multi-level Trailer Cars Features:
Designed from prototype drawings and field research with the cooperation of NJ TRANSIT
Interior includes seat details and LED illumination
Separately applied lift lugs, end barriers, and rubber diaphragms
Free-rolling metal wheels

Atlas Silver Sound Ready models are equipped with a speaker for easy conversion to sound with the addition of a decoder.

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