Old 01-21-2006, 11:01 PM   #1
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Default Coal Sludge Fueled C39-8CF Locomotive

With the ridiculous increase in fuel prices, I've thought about something like this as an alternate solution. If "they" say the prices will just keep rising this wouldn't it be smart to go down this road again IF locomotive builders could get the design and idea to work efficiently. Just something I've thought about to discuss in a discussion forum. What are your feelings and does anyone know what did happen to this "idea unit"?

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Old 01-21-2006, 11:16 PM   #2
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Doesn't sound like a bad idea. Hell, if this country would establish more places to produce non-petroleum diesel (made from used vegetable oil) they would probably be able to easily cut fuel costs in half.
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Old 01-22-2006, 07:09 AM   #3
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i think its a great idea too but i doubt anything like this will ever be mass produced. theres too much politics involved. the fuel companies have all of us in their back pocket. they would loose millions of dollars per year if an alternate fuel source was mass produced. and since they also have our government in their pocket too i dont think it will happen. its just like the concept of making eletric cars with solar panels on the roof and trunk and generators on the axels to charge the batteries. its a great idea but it just wont happen with all the politics
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Old 01-27-2006, 05:58 PM   #4
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Burlington Route had an E8 (E9?) converted to burn coal slurry. UP had a coal-fired turbine converted from a PA1 and GN electric locomotive. SP and Baldwin worked on a "dual fuel" heavy-fuel-fired road switcher.

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