November 28, 2014

Natural gas locomotives may prove cheaper, cleaner

natural_gas_locomotiveOMAHA, Neb. – The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas – a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

Rail companies want to take advantage of booming natural gas production that has cut the price of the fuel by as much as 50 percent. So they are preparing to experiment with redesigned engines capable of burning both diesel and liquefied natural gas.

Read the complete story at the Associated Press.