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Legislative and Economic Factors Causing Railways to Experiment with LNG Fuel

March 15, 2013

Tugboats and power plants are doing it. Fleet vehicles are doing it, municipal buses are doing it. And now, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway is experimenting with doing it -- switching over from diesel to natural gas, that is.
BNSF Railway Co. is one of the biggest U.S. consumers of diesel fuel in the country -- the second-biggest consumer of diesel fuel in the country next to the Navy, BNSF officials reckon. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, they plan to soon experiment with using natural gas instead of diesel to power their locomotives.
Yes, part of the reason is the new federal regulations slated to come into effect in a couple years mandating stricter limits on pollution, limits which would hit diesel-powered locomotives. Natural gas-powered locomotives would qualify under the regulations. Read More