Rail freight and passenger trains crisscross the landscape daily, moving people and cargo from one point to another. This complex system must operate efficiently regardless of weather conditions.
Idling locomotives in cold weather to keep the prime mover from freezing is costly and harmful to the environment. Railroad operations depend on reliable, high-quality heaters to keep the engine warm so that locomotives can start on demand. Using a HOTSTART heating system means railroads aren't forced to idle overnight, resulting in immediate fuel savings which bolster operation budgets.
HOTSTART Idle Reduction Systems heat and circulate both engine water and lubrication oil in locomotives. Electric powered heating systems connect to shore power when the locomotive returns to the yard each night; our diesel-driven heaters allow locomotives to be remote from the yard while still staying warm and ready to start. Whatever your operation needs, HOTSTART has a heating system that will keep your trains operating efficiently.
Locomotive Heater Comparison
HOTSTART locomotive heaters are available for either rail freight or passenger rail applications. Depending on your need to heat water or oil, charge a battery or interface with an AESS system, we have a solution. Refer to the chart below to see which heater is best for your needs.
|Rail Freight||Passenger Rail|
|Diesel Driven||Shore Power||HOTflow®|
|Heats Locomotive Water||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Heats Locomotive Oil||✓||✓||✕||✕||✕|
|Charges Locomotive Batteries||✓||✕||✕||✕||✕|
|Requires Shore Power Hook-Up||✕||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Requires Crew to Shutdown Locomotive||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Optional AESS Interface||✓||✓||✓||✕||✕|
|Optional Cab Heat||✓||✕||✕||✕||✕|
|Optional Modular Models||✕||✓||✓||✕||✕|