Clayton Equipment to use JCB Power Systems’ eco engines for new fleet of rail haulage locomotives

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Two well established UK manufacturing businesses are giving the UK’s rail sector a much-needed boost by collaborating with a third-party distributor on a project for a new fleet of eco-friendly rail haulage locomotives.

Clayton Equipment is taking supply of JCB Power Systems manufactured ECOMAX 55kw IPU Stage V engines from Power Torque Engineering to apply in the build.

According to Clayton Equipment, it is the only British independent locomotive manufacturer in the UK capable of designing and manufacturing locomotives up to 150 tons. The company is contracted to supply Beacon Rail with 15 innovative Hybrid +TM CBD90 locomotives over the next three years. The first of which is scheduled for testing at Chasewater in November.

Power Torque is a major player in the supply of industrial and automotive engines and components, supplying Clayton with the JCB ECOMAX engines. It will also provide technical support for its engineers.

JCB Power Systems is part of the JCB group, a family business established in 1945. Today the company is a world leader in the manufacture of construction and agricultural machinery and in innovative clean diesel engines. As well as powering JCB’s own equipment, JCB engines are designed for a diverse range of other applications in specialist markets.

Each JCB engine unit used by Clayton Equipment is British engineered and manufactured, supported by a worldwide engine distribution network that specializes in engine sales and support, providing a further level of local technical expertise.

The key benefits of adopting the JCB ECOMAX engines in the Beacon Rail locomotives include smaller package size, reduced installation complexity, reduced fuel consumption and routine maintenance free exhaust after treatment meeting the latest emissions legislation.

Clive Hannaford, Clayton Equipment MD said, “As a British, UK based company using British manufactured parts is key to us and we are often keen to emphasize this to our customers. Building partnerships with businesses such as JCB and Power Torque enables us to retain the UK manufacturing heritage and access a fast turnaround for production. JCB Power Systems has a history of providing a proven approach to emission control solutions that not only meet legislation requirements but deliver customer value through lower operating costs. In addition, the quality, reliability and performance will provide real benefits to Beacon Rail.”

Ben Mark, JCB OEM Engines Sales Manager added, “Clayton Equipment was looking for a compact, heavy duty, Stage V engine for its demanding application. JCB was able to provide a perfect solution with its DIESELMAX 430 Engine. We are privileged to be able to supply a local business with a quality solution for its machines and look forward to the opportunities this will bring for both companies.”