US rail operators interested
General Electric and Caterpillar, the world’s largest locomotives’ manufacturers have focused on the design of new model of gas turbine locomotive, which is expected to replace common diesel locomotives, according to the companies.
It is planned that the new gas turbine locomotive will be in high demand among the U.S. three rail operators, among which are Berkshire Hathaway, Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern, that have already expressed their interest in the project and actively cooperate with the manufacturers.
According to GE’s CEO Lorenzo Simonelli, the use of liquefied natural gas promises to lower costs of railways and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
At the same time Caterpillar has also plans to launch a pilot program in North America to introduce engines that use a combination of diesel and natural gas. According to him, this will be a big challenge for the world’s railways, comparable to those, which took place in the 1950s and associated with the replacement of steam engines by diesel locomotives.
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