Brookville Equipment Corporation

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Brookville Equipment Corporation
Type Private
Industry rail transport
Founded 1918
Founder(s) Mr. L. A. Leathers
Headquarters Brookville, Pennsylvania, United States
Key people Larry Conrad (President)
Products underground haulage equipment, locomotives and mass transit applications
Employees approx. 300 (2012)[1]
Website www.brookvillecorp.com/

Brookville Equipment Corporation, based in Brookville, Pennsylvania, United States, manufactures railroad locomotives for industrial and light capacity switching needs. The company also builds and restores streetcars. The company used to be known as Brookville Locomotive Company.

History[edit]

The company began in 1918 by installing flanged railroad wheels on Ford trucks. The company soon began building gasoline-powered locomotives of their own following World War I. Brookville's locomotives were the first to include planetary drive axles rather than chain drives.

Products[edit]

Brookville locomotive for the Central California Traction Company

In 2007, BEC unveiled its CoGeneration locomotives with up to 2,100 horsepower (1,600 kW), generated through the use of three low-emission diesel engines. The use of three clean-burning Tier-3 engines offers a "Power on Demand" feature where engines come on-line as power needs are realized. This feature minimizes emissions and fuel consumption. CoGeneration locomotives also offer the most advanced traction drive system. Equipped with individual, water-cooled IGBTs for each traction motor, this provides the highest rail adhesion.

Brookville manufactures equipment used in mining, tunneling, and industrial and switching applications. In 2008, Brookville built its first road switchers for the Metro-North Railroad. The locomotives are given the model designation of BL20-GH.

Brookville also offers exhaust after treatments for its underground diesel locomotives that reduce emissions by 85%.[citation needed] BEC's Railwalker re-railing devices can also put its locomotives back on-track without the risk of injury to the operator.

Streetcars[edit]

The company began manufacturing new streetcars in 2003 – newly built, vintage-style ones for New Orleans – and since 2002 it has had a streetcar division, working mainly on restoration, refurbishment and remanufacturing of existing streetcars.[1] The first such contract[1] was one to rebuild 18 PCC streetcars for Route 15 in Philadelphia,[2] and later work has included restoring PCC cars for use on San Francisco Municipal Railway's F Market & Wharves line and manufacturing replicas of 1923 Perley Thomas streetcars for New Orleans.[1]

On 14 September 2011, Brookville announced plans to develop a low-floor, articulated tram.[3] The design was later named the "Liberty" model, and features the ability to operate away from the overhead electric power wires for a limited distance, using batteries.[1][4] In early 2013, the company received a $9.4-million[4] order for two Liberty streetcars from Dallas Area Rapid Transit.[5] They are for Dallas's new Oak Cliff modern-streetcar line,[5] construction of which began in May 2013 and is due to open for service in late 2014. The company also built a pair of replica streetcars for Disney California Adventure in 2012.

Rail products[edit]

2008[edit]

2010[edit]

  • Brookville was involved in the building of a low-emissions genset locomotive for the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad that was commissioned in July 2010. The single locomotive was built through a partnership with several local and federal agencies, as well as the railroad and BEC.[7] A second genset was produced for the Buffalo and Pittsburgh, which entered service on 10 December 2010, as well as one for the Ohio Central Railroad, both of which contained an engine kit from Brookville.[8]

2011[edit]

  • Tri-Rail, a commuter rail line in Miami, ordered 12 BL36PH passenger locomotives from Brookville on 25 February 2011, at a cost of $109 million.[9]

2013[edit]

  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit, ordered 2 Brookville Modern Streetcars featuring an on-board energy storage system (ESS) which will allow the units to go more than a mile off-wire. The $4.9M contract was to provide two Liberty Modern Streetcars to the downtown Union Station to Oak Cliff extension project with an option for two additional streetcars. The light rail vehicle (LRV) will be the first-ever American designed and manufactured off-wire capable streetcar to be delivered to a U.S. public transit agency. The Liberty car features three passenger compartments, is 66.5 foot-long and 8 foot-wide cars with over 70 percent low-floor area for passengers. The streetcars will run on standard 56.5-inch track gauge and utilize BROOKVILLE’s industry-proven soft ride trucks powered by four 99 kW AC traction motors while traveling at a maximum speed of 44 mph.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Simons, Vic (September 2012). "Brookville: The viable alternative for small systems". Tramways & Urban Transit magazine, pp. 335–337. UK: LRTA Publishing.
  2. ^ "Philadelphia, PA (Route 15 - Girard)". American Public Transportation Association. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Brookville to produce modern tram". Railway Gazette International. 4 October 2011. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Dallas signs Liberty deal" (May 2013). Tramways & Urban Transit magazine, p. 166. UK: LRTA Publishing.
  5. ^ a b "Brookville wins Oak Cliff [order]" (March 2013). Tramways & Urban Transit magazine, p. 86. UK: LRTA Publishing.
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  7. ^ "Buffalo & Pittsburgh to unveil low-emission locomotive". Progressive Railroading. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Genesee & Wyoming commissions second GenSet for Buffalo & Pittsburgh". Progressive Railroading. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "$109 Million Tri-Rail Contract Awarded After Challenge". Sunshine State News. 25 February 2011. Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Brookville Awarded Contract to Manufacture First American Designed and Produced Off-Wire Capable Modern Streetcars for City of Dallas". 8 March 2013. 

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