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Amtrak makes TIME list with biodiesel–fueled GE locomotive

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Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer interstate passenger train powered by a biodiesel-fueled passenger locomotive from GE has made TIME magazine’s list of “The 50 Best Inventions of 2010.”

 

Calling it “Amtrak’s Beef Powered Train” in recognition of the biodiesel blend that includes beef byproduct, the Heartland Flyer joins the ranks of Apple Inc.’s iPad and better 3-D glasses on the “50 Best” list. Of the ten transportation innovations featured, it’s the only one available for use by the public.

 

Amtrak is currently conducting a 12-month biodiesel trial using GE’s Model P32 locomotive. GE Transportation has been working cooperatively with Amtrak on the project since 2007. The test locomotive was overhauled in 2008 to comply with EPA Tier 0 emission requirements.

 

GE Transportation assisted in the test plan and pre-test inspection for the biodiesel locomotive and will help evaluate the effect of the biodiesel on emissions and performance in 2011 when the test is completed.

 

In previously conducted stationary locomotive engine testing, the biodiesel blend known as B20 (20% pure biofuel and 80% diesel) reduced hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide each by 10 percent, reduced particulates by 15 percent and sulfates by 20 percent.

 

Read More: http://www.getransportation.com/rail/rail-blog/amtrak-makes-time-list-with-biodieselfueled-ge-locomotive.html

 

Article is a few months old but still is a good read.

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Switch that to 80% bio-fuel & 20% petro-diesel, and you've got the beginnings of not using petro-fuel for transportation.

 

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Finally the Dash 8s on Amtrak get the attention they deserve.

 

They are something, even the freight versions are :tup:.

 

- A

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i heard something a couple of yrs ago that there was legislation passed about building high speed rail lines here in the states, anyone know any updated info about this? i sure hope it happens

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Switch that to 80% bio-fuel & 20% petro-diesel, and you've got the beginnings of not using petro-fuel for transportation.

 

- A

 

How are we going to get that much crap from the cows or the pigs?

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