Berkshire Hathaway-Owned Rail Operator to Test LNG

BNSF, a railway operator subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A  ) (NYSE: BRK-B  ) , will launch a liquefied natural gas test program in its locomotives. The company will run the program in a small number of its engines later this year in order to ascertain the viability of LNG as fuel.

BNSF has been collaborating with locomotive makers General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) and Caterprillar (NYSE: CAT  ) subsidiary EMD to develop the technology that will be utilized in the program.

The railway operator has used the fuel in its locomotives before. As Burlington Northern, it operated natural gas engines in the 1980s and 1990s. Later, successor firm BNSF tested LNG switch locomotives in California.

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  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2013, at 5:47 PM, texting wrote:

    I question the need for such an experiment.CAT should be able to give BNSF a fuel useage calculated for a locomotive based on the particular engine selected run on LNG. They know what the BSFC is for all of their engines at all speeds. It is part of the work done in Mossville, Illinois. I also must question the safety and cost of handling LNG around a railroad yard given the volatility in comparison to No. 1 diesel.

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