Progress Rail Services Corp. expects to ship its first
locomotives powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in November,
chairman and chief executive officer Douglas R. Oberhelman told
investors during an earnings conference call.
working on that all year. Its a big effort and its
one way to address the Tier 4 situation coming up in a couple
of years for rail," he said, referring to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agencys emission standards for
diesel engines and generators. Some engine makers are producing
alternate fuel-powered mobile equipment to meet the EPAs
overall emission reduction goals for 2015.
excited about the possibility of LNG-powered locomotives in the
near term," Oberhelman said.
Ala.-based Progress Rail Services is a subsidiary of Peoria,
Ill.-based Caterpillar Inc., which manufactures locomotives,
rail cars and parts for both companies.
Texas-based BNSF Railway Co. said in March that it would test a
small number of locomotives using liquefied natural gas as an
alternative fuel, which BNSF chairman and chief executive
officer Matthew K. Rose said "is a potential transformational
change for our railroad and for our industry" (
amm.com, March 8).