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GE Races Caterpillar on LNG Trains to Curb Buffett Cost

Bloomberg -- General Electric Co. (GE) and Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), the world’s largest locomotive makers, are rushing to develop natural gas-powered models in a potential shift from diesel’s six decades as the fuel of choice for railroads.

Three of the biggest U.S. rail carriers -- Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A)’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC, Union Pacific Corp. (UNP) and Norfolk Southern (NSC) Corp. -- are working with manufacturers on using gas as an alternative power source for freight trains. CSX Corp. is studying the technology.


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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 2:12:50 AM

GE Races Caterpillar on LNG Trains to Curb Buffett Cost. Using a mix of natural gas and diesel, while there is still a plentiful supply of natural gas. More natural gas used instead of diesel.
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 6:02:06 AM

might help some intercity areas where these trains leave lots of particulate matter.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:03:59 AM

ok
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 7:05:30 PM

Create more uses for natural gas, get it to markets.
Then Less is burned off which creates CO2 in air.
More jobs here, can use gasoline in cars,
and corn and fields can go back to growing FOOD!
Oh, and more domestic jobs.
Sounds pretty good, to me.
Might help global warming. Diversification.
Oh, and more jobs...
Help taxbase.
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:09:47 PM

Sounds like a good idea.
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mrselfdestruct
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 1:14:27 AM

Buffett looking to bend a couple more companies over?
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VikingWoman
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:40:17 AM

If it doesn't provide the power they need for the locomotives it won't happen.
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pgerassi
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:39:00 AM

LNG is more expensive than CNG both on a GGE and per therm basis.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:37:11 AM

I agree Focus2
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Focus2
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:35:57 AM

LNG is what its all about! LNG for exports! Big Energy is lobbying to get red tape removed in Washington so they can export our natural gas in the form of LNG to other countries. They are doing it right now! They see all the dollar signs with all this fracking.
I am glad to see our own industries looking into using LNG as well as the rail business. We need to get America going on it first and establish more jobs here and possibly more jobs will come back to America with natural gas as an affordable energy. We can all benefit from cleaner air and get rid of Ethanol too!
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:35:51 AM

What I would give to be in their graces...
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:35:49 AM

LNG can be dangerous stuff.Remember the uproar about LNG tankers using our ports to offload?
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:32:39 AM

CNG: wave of the present.
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camaro_man
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:32:38 AM

thats warren buffet for you....
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:29:37 AM

Go for it.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:29:06 AM

Interesting! Hope they follow through with the idea.
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mcbrownie220
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:28:56 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:27:51 AM

why not convert. it costs less and burns cleaner
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:26:06 AM

Interesting article, still.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:23:46 AM

The race is on.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:23:02 AM

interesting
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:22:37 AM

LNG is the future of transportation fuels,
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:22:31 AM

Time will tell.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:19:33 AM

Sounds like the way to go.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:18:23 AM

go for it
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:17:31 AM


    NG and LNG is a good idea
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:16:39 AM

Worth trying but do not pump it up unless it works efficiently.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:16:18 AM

looking for the fat govt contract. Surely Obama will oblige
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:14:25 AM

Oh tay!
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:13:39 AM

Go for it!
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:11:58 AM

Good idea.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:11:54 AM

make it happen.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:09:52 AM

Caterpillar vs snail?
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:08:59 AM

Need some new material.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:08:18 AM

Very good idea!
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:08:09 AM

Good.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:06:51 AM

Awesome...go LNG!
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joel27nc
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Let's see who wins.
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:05:05 AM

wow- no more smelly diesel?
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 12:04:41 AM

LNG is the way to go.
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joel27nc
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Let's see who wins.
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 11:59:48 PM

Interesting theory. They can carry their own fuel so resupply isn't an issue.
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 11:56:52 PM

Cool if it works!
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bmxstud
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 11:56:36 PM

we'll see what happens
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 11:54:00 PM

Sounds good ,I guess what confusing to me is I thought to make natural gas in a liqued form the temperature of the gas had to be -120 degrees. Wondering how this would work on a locomotive?
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 11:53:36 PM

Great. Put all that fracking gas to use.
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 11:51:09 PM

Yes!
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 11:47:47 PM

Go for it.
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TonyPSU
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 11:43:16 PM

They have been runnig large diesels on nat gas for years. no big change in technology
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 11:39:24 PM

Time to switch all big trucks to NG...
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