Motive-power motivation

Class I railroads are considering converting from diesel fuel to liquefied natural gas (LNG). Using LNG would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel usage. However, a great deal of work must be done to prepare trains for LNG before it can be used. A number of train elements must be upgraded or altered to support LNG, such as engine kits and train cars. Refueling infrastructure will need to be redesigned. Transportation authorities are currently working to develop regulations concerning LNG train operations. Some rail lines are already using or testing LNG-fueled locomotives, and a wider conversion is gaining interest because the growing production at shales and basins has led to a greater supply of natural gas. While converting would incur significant costs, the benefits would be high.


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  • Accession Number: 01528902
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2014 11:26PM