Operail began converting the locomotives to gas

The Estonian company Operail is converting the first diesel locomotive to liquefied natural gas (LNG). Work began this week after overcoming supply difficulties caused by the coronavirus, infortms Railway Supply  magazine referring to Operail information.

Picture: Operail

By the end of 2019 we hoped that during 2020 we would be able to launch the first pilot locomotive, but, unfortunately, the situation caused by the coronavirus, both in Estonia and in other regions of Europe, has made adjustments to our plans. – the board of directors of Operail Raul Toomsalu.

According to the new schedule, the modernization of the first locomotive should be completed in spring. Then it will have to go through the certification and approval process.

The locomotive is expected to save 30% in fuel costs and reduce air pollution. In accordance with the design, the locomotive uses both diesel and natural gas in parallel. Operail is investing about 250 thousand EUR in the reconstruction of the first locomotive

Diesel locomotive C36 manufactured by General Electric (USA) is the base for modernization. These locomotives have been in operation since 2002 and form the backbone of Operail’s traction rolling stock. There are 30 of them in total.


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