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New locomotives en route to New Mexico mine railroad NEWSWIRE

By Angela Cotey | June 12, 2017

| Last updated on November 3, 2020

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Two Navajo locomotives roll west on NS train No. 309 on Saturday.
Michael D. Harding
FARMINGTON, N.M. – Two new diesel locomotives are en route to the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. coal mine railroad in northwestern New Mexico this week. The General Electric ET44AC locomotives, which are lettered for the company and carry Nos. 2026 and 2027, were spotted in westbound Norfolk Southern train No. 309 in northwest Ohio over the weekend. They are former GE demonstrator units of the same numbers with hoods modified to match the standard production units.

The isolated railroad, which now operates with GE electric and Alco diesel locomotives, is located about 20 miles southwest of Farmington. It serves the Four Corners Generating Station. Both the mine and power plant are located within the Navajo Indian Reservation.

7 thoughts on “New locomotives en route to New Mexico mine railroad NEWSWIRE

  1. The railroad is the Navajo Mine Railroad. The engines will probably be trucked to the railroad from Gallup, NM. The railroad is electrified and runs with an E-60 electric on the north end of each train. The diesels will operate on the south end as a control cab and provide power in case of electricity outages. “The Navajo Mine Railroad (reporting mark TNMR) is an electrified private railroad operated by BHP Billiton in New Mexico, USA, within the Navajo Nation. It operates 13.8 miles (22.2 km) of track between the Four Corners Generating Station and BHP Billiton’s Navajo Coal Mine.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

  2. Note that the company’s name is “Navajo Transitional Energy Co.” Seems the Navajos are smart enough to reap the profits yet to be wrung out of coal, but see coal only as a bridge to a non-fossil fuel future. Coal is a finite, non-renewable energy source. When it’s gone, we’ll all breathe easier.

  3. Nice tribute to the Warbonnet paint scheme. One question: since the railroad is isolated, how will they arrive on property?

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