21 Locomotives to Start with OptiFuel Systems
Involving Hexagon Tanks in Mainstay Assemblies,
Questar for CNG Fueling Using ANGI Energy Gear
The players are in place for Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad’s long-awaited project to convert switcher locomotives to compressed natural gas, HHP Insight was told today.
A project kickoff meeting was held yesterday, says a key source.
R.J. Corman Railpower Locomotive of Nicholasville, Ky. is to fit an initial 21 SW1500 units by EMD with Caterpillar C18 engines, two per locomotive, capable of operating on CNG.
No Tender Cars
The locomotives will each have 11 large (26-by-100-inch) lightweight Type IV CNG fuel cylinders by Hexagon Lincoln in assemblies by Mainstay Fuel Technologies (Greer, S.C.), working under contract to Beaufort, S.C.-based Optifuel Systems.
The locomotives are expected to be able to operate for seven days without fueling, says HHPI’s source.
Utah-based Questar is to provide a CNG fueling station, using equipment from ANGI Energy.
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