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Green trains on California tracks

July 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Some new, cleaner-burning locomotives will soon hit California tracks. On Wednesday, the California Department of Transportation displayed a diesel train that the state plans to retrofit to cut down on pollution. Caltrans said the new technology will cut emissions by 50 percent, improve fuel efficiency and lower operating costs.

The locomotives are part of the Amtrak California fleet. The goal is to eventually convert the entire fleet of 15 trains.

The locomotives will be used on commuter trains between Sacramento and San Jose.

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