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.
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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