Fort Worth’s Amtrak Rail Service Beefs Up with Animal-Based Biodiesel
by Gordon Dickson (Star-Telegram) Where’s the beef? It’s in the belly of that Amtrak locomotive.
Shortly after noon Tuesday, the Amtrak Heartland Flyer pulled into downtown Fort Worth. It looked and smelled like pretty much any other train at the Intermodal Transportation Center.
But its tanks were filled with a different kind of fuel — a blend of 20 percent biodiesel made from beef fat and 80 percent petroleum-based diesel — that Amtrak is testing not only as part of its Earth Day celebrations but also in hopes of becoming more environmentally friendly.
…Armed with a $274,000 federal grant, Amtrak plans to operate the Heartland Flyer for 12 months solely on the biodiesel blend, then carefully monitor how the engines respond. READ MORE