CSX Corporation and GE Transportation, a division of GE, have
announced an agreement to explore emissions-cutting and
efficiency breakthroughs in LNG technology for locomotives
beginning with a pilot program in 2014.
has the potential to
offer one of the most significant developments in railroading
since the transition from steam to diesel in the 1950s," said
Oscar Munoz, executive V.P. and COO, CSX Corporation.
Natural gas-fueled locomotives can travel longer distances
without refueling stops, as well as provide environment
al and economic
benefits. Adoption of natural gas-fueled locomotives
will make freight rail an even more attractive transportation
solution and furthers the industry's ability to absorb
traffic from the nation's highways in an environment
ally efficient way.
"Locomotives are at an inflection point in balancing engine
performance with efficiency and adherence to emissions
standards," said Russell
Stokes, CEO, GE Transportation. "As we enter a new era
of energy sources and what's possible for rail transport, we
are excited to partner with CSX and lead the LNG
transformation for the industry."
GE has been testing low-pressure natural gas technology
since the spring of
2013, and is working closely with CSX and other Class 1
partners. Field tests are expected to begin in 2014.
kits allow railroads to use natural
gas as a fuel source, reducing emissions
and potentially reducing
fuel costs while not compromising performance. An Evolution
Series locomotive equipped with the NextFuel Natural Gas
Retrofit Kit meets U.S. EPA Tier 3 emission standards.
CSX will be working over the next few months to develop a
test plan and secure regulatory concurrence. For CSX,
GE Transportation will deploy its new NextFuel Natural Gas
Retrofit Kits that enable existing Evolution Series
locomotives to operate with dual-fuel capabilities.
CSX and GE will also work on the continued development of LNG
for other classes of
locomotives to promote gains across a larger portion of the
CSX locomotive fleet, and will work closely with key
stakeholders and agencies across government to ensure safety,
al and other benefits,
and advance LNG deployment.