- Dec 27, 2014
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If the test locomotive(s) you mentioned above pencil out, I have no doubt that the Class 1 railroads will start switching to LNG. There are other issues than the cost of fuel. Cost of engines, cost of training/maintenance/repair, and availability of fuel are obvious questions, as are the interoperability issues that @jqavins mentioned in another thread about brakes. On the other side, there may be grants for switching to LNG, particularly in places that are concerned with smog.And yet no Class1 RR has actually taken the plunge and invested in the infrastructure required to make the switch to LNG and show no signs of doing so in the near future.
[Edit] I would expect that the test period would be on the order of 5-8 years to see how long-term costs compare. Railroads are conservative* beasts, and the people pushing for LNG will need ironclad proof that they save money to convince management to change.
* In the sense of slow to change, not in the political sense.