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General discussion about locomotives, rolling stock, and equipment

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  by Pensyfan19
A South Carolinian natural gas company now wants to, from the looks of it, convert GEVOs and SW1500s into Natural Gas-powered diesels. Interesting concept I must say.

https://www.railwayage.com/mechanical/l ... annel=news
Beaufort, S.C.-based OptiFuel Systems is offering a new line of 1,200- to 2,400-hp, 100% natural gas-fueled freight locomotives.

Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHB) partnered with OptiFuel and R.J. Corman Railpower Locomotives LLC in 2017 to convert its entire locomotive fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG).

OptiFuel’s new line uses a proprietary, EPA rail-certified engine (KOFSG11.9400), which is based on the Cummins ISX12N and is said to have 0.00 g-bhp/hr NOx and PM criteria emissions.

The locomotives are powered by 100% RNG (renewable natural gas)/Biomethane. With OptiFuel’s multi-engine configuration and instant stop and start capability, users “can expect to reduce fuel consumption by 20% to 40%, compared to a standard single-engine locomotive configuration,” according to the company

Look what they want to do to the SW1500!