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New insight into Florida East Coast Railway

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Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway recently provided an exclusive tour of its LNG operations at its Jacksonville facility.

Tour participants came from a wide range of industries, including marine, rail, mining, E&P, power gen operations. It was a varied group, with attendees traveling from as far as Columbia, Japan, Korea and Canada to attend. Also in attendance were FRA officials, Class 1 Railroad employees and Railway Age. The tour was part of the annual Natural Gas for High Horse Power (HHP) summit, which was held in downtown Jacksonville 6 – 9 November.

The tour included several demonstration stations where FEC’s LNG experts were available to answer questions to attendees on the various aspects of its use of LNG. The stations included two LNG-powered locomotives with tender car between, fueling station, ISO container, LNG tanker delivery trailer, LNG-powered truck, and a tour of the railway’s historic business cars.

“We are proud to be the first North American Railroad to operate its entire mainline fleet on LNG," said Fran Chinnici (Chief Operating Officer). “We hope that our efforts will help other railroads and industries with this paradigm shift.”

FEC gave an overview of the fueling process as well. The locomotives utilise an LNG ‘kit’ that allows for dual fuel capabilities. FEC’s LNG-Diesel engine technology burns 80% less diesel fuel, resulting in an 80% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions.

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