Brookville BL36PH

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Brookville BL36PH
Tri-Rail BL36PH locomotive.jpg
A BL36PH in service for Tri-Rail
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Brookville Equipment Corporation
Model BL36PH
Build date 2012-
Total produced 12
 • AAR B-B
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Wheel diameter 40 in (1,016 mm)
Length 67 ft 3.5 in (20.511 m)
Width 10 ft 0 in (3.05 m) Over Carbody
10 ft 7 in (3.23 m) Over Handrails
Height 14 ft 8 in (4.47 m) Over Carbody
15 ft 6 in (4.72 m) Overall
Loco weight 289,000 lb (131,000 kg)
Fuel type Diesel fuel
Fuel capacity 2,300 US gal (8,700 l; 1,900 imp gal)
Prime mover MTU 20V 4000 R43
Engine type V20 diesel
Aspiration Turbocharged
Displacement 95.4 liters (5,820 cu in)[1]
Alternator Kato 8P6.5-3400
Traction motors EMD D-87 BTR
Cylinders 20
Loco brake Pneumatic and Dynamic
Performance figures
Maximum speed 82 mph (132 km/h) (Tri-Rail)
Power output 3,620 hp (2.70 MW)
Tractive effort 72,000 lbf (320 kN) (starting)
64,800 lbf (288 kN) (continuous) at 14 mph (23 km/h)

The Brookville BL36PH is a four-axle diesel-electric locomotive for commuter trains, designed by Brookville Equipment Corporation.[2] It is built with an MTU 20V4000 V20 engine rated at 3,619 horsepower (2,699 kW) to meet EPA Tier 3 emissions standards.[2] It was the first North American passenger locomotive designed with a 20-cylinder engine since the EMD SDP45 and EMD FP45, originally built in the 1960s.[3] Head end power is generated by a separate, smaller diesel (Caterpillar C-18) gen-set and is rated at 500 kW (670 hp). The outer shell of the locomotive has been designed by Cesar Vergara,[2] who has also designed the outer shells of several other North American passenger locomotives, including the MPI MPXpress, the GE Genesis, the MPI HSP46 and the EMD F59PHI.[4]

Tri-Rail, a Florida commuter rail service operated by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, is the launch customer,[2] with an initial order for 10 locomotives and later an option order of 2 more locomotives. The order had an option for 17 additional (now 15) locomotives,[2] up to four of which may be sold to Sound Transit,[5] operator of Sounder commuter rail service in Washington.


  1. ^ "Detail: MTU Online". MTU. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Brookville Equipment gets SRFTA order". RailwayAge Magazine. March 1, 2011. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ Guss, Chris (November 2015). "20 cylinders and passenger trains". Trains. 75 (11): 22. 
  4. ^ "Motive Power Projects". Vergara Studio. Retrieved March 9, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "SFRTA approves locomotive purchase for Tri-Rail". Progressive Railroading. March 2, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 

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