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Rail Project Details Emerge

January 28, 2012 in LNG, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Proponents of LNG for railroad applications face the same chicken-and-egg challenges as other sectors, but railroads enjoy the advantages of owning ample land for fueling facility placement (at facilities where truck traffic represents a ready additional market), and ample capability to move fuel where it’s needed.

Westport Innovations has partnered with Electro-Motive Diesel to develop a natural gas-fueled locomotive, with EMD tasked 'to integrate the natural gas engine, related components and controls to create a working locomotive platform.'

There are “big-time potential synergies,” said Cory Thomas, operations support director at BNSF Railway in Fort Worth.

Such were the key points as interested parties discussed projects including Canada’s re-engining of a Progress Rail EMD 710-powered locomotive for dual fuel operation by partners including Westport Innovations (F&F, Dec. 12).

Point of unanimity? When railroads run trains on LNG, it will, for the foreseeable future, be dual fuel.

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