- “As Is- Where is”. These units are sold in the condition they are at the location specified. There is no implied guarantee that the unit is in operational or can be made operational. The seller does not assume any responsibility for the usefulness of the unit.
- Qualified. This means that the locomotives are in general running condition for railroad operation.
- Rebuilt. These units have major components rebuilt with new or reconditioned parts. These units are a step above qualified units and typically cost more.
- Remanufacturing. The unit stripped and rebuilt with the same major components with the possibility of some upgrades. This usually involves rewiring of the unit.
- New. Brand new components and design. This involves engineering design work. Meeting emission standards. (This is the Pacific West Systems/Tractive Power approach)
Genset systems are complicated, difficult to support, and have higher life cycle costs. This is caused by high speed idling and greater thermal cycling that will impact the engine life when compared with the standard method of operating an engine in a locomotive that has load control.
Pacific West Systems and Tractive Power offer operator training on locomotives and railcar movers.