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Trains Turn to Natural Gas to Cut Fuel Costs, Compete with Trucks

General Electric’s locomotive division and other companies are testing natural gas equipment as rail companies look for ways to take advantage of natural gas production, which has halved the price of fuel, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The savings could be in the billions, the publication reports. Union Pacific, the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Pacific Trade Deal, Rail Cars, Chemical Spill

Contentious negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement threaten to unravel important global environmental protections, the New York Times reported, citing WIkiLeaks and other sources. Environmentalists told the paper that the draft seems to show the US retreating on legally binding pollution controls, logging rules and a ban on shark fin harvesting. The US … Read more »

Intermodal Service ‘Reduces CO2 52%’

Shipping a container on the Cold Train refrigerated express intermodal service from Washington State’s Port of Quincy to Chicago or from Chicago to Quincy reduces the shipment’s carbon footprint by 52 percent compared to a long-haul truck, says energy services company McKinstry. The report validates a previous estimation of carbon … Read more »

GE Debuts ‘Industrial Internet’ Technologies

GE has announced eight new industrial service technologies and a joint venture with Accenture that GE says will potentially cut $150 billion in waste across major sectors. The new technologies combine product diagnostics software and analytics, and will connect machines to machines, machines to people, and machines to business operations … Read more »

GE’s Tier 4 Locomotive Cuts Emissions ‘More than 70%’

GE Transportation has unveiled the prototype for its next-generation freight locomotive that it says will decrease emissions by more than 70 percent compared to 2005 engines and save railroad customers more than $1.5 billion in infrastructure and operational costs. GE expects that its latest Evolution Series Locomotive will be the … Read more »

Union Pacific Puts $20m Towards Reducing Diesel Emissions

Union Pacific Railroad is investing $20 million to test new technology designed to reduce diesel emissions from freight locomotives. A series of 25 experimental locomotives will be based in two Union Pacific rail yards in California as part of the test. The intermediate line-haul units have an operating range of … Read more »