LIRR To Test Battery-Powered Trains

Pres. Phil Eng announced a plan to retro-fit electric rail cars with batteries so they can run on tracks meant for diesel trains.

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DICK BRENNAN: The Long Island Railroad says it will become the first railroad in the nation to test battery-powered commuter trains. President Phil Eng announced a plan to retrofit electric rail cars with batteries so they can run on tracks meant for diesel trains. Eng says the cars will be tested for eight months without passengers on the Oyster Bay branch. He says the ultimate goal is to replace all diesel-powered trains.

PHIL ENG: This is not just the first step, but quite possibly a quantum leap towards the future-- one that is greener, quieter.

DICK BRENNAN: Eng says engineers will study how long trains can run on a single battery charge and how many recharging stations need to be built.