LPG: Fuelling the Future

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) locomotive engines are being studied as environmentally cleaner and more cost effective alternatives to electric and diesel locomotive engines. The authors describe a project to produce a four-axle, standard gauge, center cab locomotive propulsion system which replaces a conventional diesel engine with an LPG engine. A prototype engine is undergoing test rig trials since numerous technical issues have been examined and resolved. Project objectives are: use of LPG as an alternative energy source for improved fuel economy and reduced pollution and particulate emissions; development of an LPG engine for rail vehicles, without any major intrusion into the existing structure of the locomotive and no noticeable constraints on locomotive operations; and development of proposals for mobile and stationary refueling, maintenance and service, workshop equipment, and parts logistics. An insert provides information on some of the attributes of LPG.

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  • Authors:
    • Steinhagen, Jan Hinrich
    • Zimmermann, Bernd
  • Publication Date: 2009-11


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 37, 39-40
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  • Accession Number: 01146518
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2009 12:15PM