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  • BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...494619344.html

    While railroads consume only 6% of diesel burned in the U.S., according to the federal government, some experts believe BNSF's decision to try using gas could have a large psychological impact on energy markets.


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    Re: BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas

    Even as a dual-fuel setup, imagine how much the Railroad entities could save on even 60%/40% CNG/Diesel compared to just diesel alone.
    '11 Fusion Bi Fuel & FMQ2-36 VRA
    (Former owner '09 Civic GX)

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      Re: BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas

      Wouldn't LNG be a better fit for a locomotive?

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        Re: BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas

        It is LNG. Liquified natural gas. Same thing, but liquified at low temperature. It is best for very heavy fuel use. A locomotive or ship for example. A Class 8 truck , with two CNG tanks, can go about 500 miles though. That is an eight hour drive.

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          Re: BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas

          I wasn't able to read the WSJ arcticle without creating an account. "raskell" had referred to CNG...

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            Re: BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas

            Was watching the CNBC Mad Money show hosted by Jim Cramer and guest was Warren Buffet . . . . yep the investing mogul / billionaire.

            Buffet owns Burlington Northern railroad and YES he verified that they already bought a couple trains that run on natural gas!!!

            See the whole show from website for March 4, 2013 at:
            http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?play=1&video=3000151761

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              Re: BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas

              This has been done before in the USA, and in Russia. The Russians continure to work on it. They haver also worked on LNG aircraft including a helicopter.
              http://indrus.in/articles/2012/09/06...way_17463.html

              http://www.tupolev.ru/english/Show.asp?SectionID=82

              Boeing has the Sugar Freeze plan: http://www.aviationweek.com/Blogs.as...b-fae7095ba3b1

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                Re: BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas

                Here is a good short story on BNSF using LNG for locomotives:
                http://www.foxbusiness.com/industrie...n-locomotives/

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                  Re: BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas

                  21 Apr 2014 CA NGV Coalition - Westport Innovations delivered the first of four LNG locomotive tenders ordered by Canadian National to Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD). The tenders consist of a 40-foot, 12,000-plus-gallon ISo LNG tank fitted to a 48-foot wagon, and incorporate an LNG vaporizer to avoid the need for a cryogenic connection with the dual-fuel LNG-diesel locomotives that EMD is developing. West- port said LNG adoption could save 30 to 50 percent annually on fuel costs for each locomotive.
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                    Photo of BNSF1201 LNG locomotive in Los Angeles in 2002. Appears LNG was carried in saddle mounted tanks and not in a tender car following locomotive.

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                    • #11
                      Napa Valley Wine Train has been using CNG in one of its four locomotives since it was converted by Tacoma, WA based Energy Conversions, Inc. in 2008. Prior to that it was dual fuel diesel CNG for a decade. ECI also converted two CN locomotives in Alberta. The Wine Train travels 36 miles from Napa to St Helena and started tours in 1989.

                      http://hhpinsight.com/rail/2013/07/v...more-with-cng/
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                        March 23 2017 Alstom successfully performed the first test run at 80 km/h of the world s only fuel cell passenger train Coradia iLint on its own test track in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony (Germany).This zero-emission train is silent and only emits steam and condensed water. maximum speed of the Coradia iLint is 140 km/h. A mobile filling station has been erected in Salzgitter to pump gaseous hydrogen into the pressure tank of the Coradia iLint. It is an electrified railroad with no wires.

                        http://www.ngvjournal.com/worlds-onl...ENVIO%20SIMPLE
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                          William Vantuono for International Railway Journal Nov 13, 2017 - FLORIDA East Coast Railway (FECR) has become the first North American railway to adopt LNG for its entire line-haul locomotive fleet.

                          On November 9 FECR officially unveiled its modified fleet of 24 GE ES44AC locomotives, which operate in pairs with a purpose-built fuel tender supplied by Chart Industries, United States. The locomotives look identical to standard ES44ACs, but their GEVO prime-movers have been retrofitted by GE with its NextFuel low-pressure technology. NextFuel gives railways the flexibility to run on both diesel fuel and LNG with up to 80 percent gas substitution or 100 percent diesel.

                          The fuel tender was specially-developed by Chart Industries and consists of a cryogenic tank permanently mounted on a wagon, with the vehicle weighing in 67.9 tonnes when fully loaded. Refilling an empty tender takes around 90 minutes and provides enough fuel for up to 1450km of heavy-haul service operating at a maximum speed of 97km/h. This is sufficient for an 1100km round trip between Jacksonville and Miami, including idling time and potential delays. FECR has access to a ready source of LNG through Florida East Coast Industries LNG plant at Titusville.

                          http://www.railjournal.com/index.php...et-to-lng.html
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                            Will Owen for LNG Industry Feb 16 2018 - Russian Railways plans to increase the fleet of mainline gas turbine locomotives and gas turbine shunters locomotives powered by LNG from 3 to 22 units by 2023. The locomotives will operate on the Sverdlovsk Railway.

                            For refueling purposes, Gazprom intends to build two small scale LNG production facilities at the gas distribution stations in Tobolsk and Surgut, as well as platforms for mobile refuellers at the Voynovka and Surgut stations:

                            https://www.lngindustry.com/small-sc...lovsk-railway/
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                              NGVJournal Jun 6 2018 - Sinara Group will design, certify and launch batch production of cutting-edge shunting locomotives powered by LNG in line with Gazprom s requirements. From 2019 to 2024, STM Trading House will supply Gazpromtrans with 10 shunting locomotives with a capacity of up to 1,200 horsepower and 14 shunting locomotives with a capacity of up to 2,000 horsepower and will also provide maintenance services. The machinery will be used at the Obskaya – Bovanenkovo railroad.

                              This railroad is vital to the implementation of Gazprom s Yamal megaproject, as ensures year-round, fast, cost-effective and all-weather delivery of machinery, construction materials and personnel to Yamal fields in the harsh Arctic climate. The railroad stretches for 572 kilometers from the Obskaya station to the Karskaya station.

                              http://www.ngvjournal.com/s1-news/c7...ENVIO%20SIMPLE
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