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Is the Rail Industry Rolling Toward Powering Its Engines with Natural Gas?

On a 300-mile stretch of railroad in the plains of eastern Alberta, a test train chugs across the landscape burning a fuel that once made sense only to environmentalists. It runs on natural gas. And today, that makes sense to business leaders whose top priority is cutting costs.

Over the last two weeks, train industry executives and others have been talking more about natural gas, as meetings in Houston and Chicago highlighted interest in a fuel that could slash one of the railways' top costs.

Representatives from major rail companies and related manufacturers met in private at a Houston hotel conference room last month to talk about how to push forward what could be the next great shift in train technology - a cataclysmic transition similar to the move decades ago from coal to diesel power.

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Over the last two weeks, train industry executives and others have been talking more about natural gas, as meetings in Houston and Chicago highlighted interest in a fuel that could slash one of the railways' top costs.

Representatives from major rail companies and related manufacturers met in private at a Houston hotel conference room last month to talk about how to push forward what could be the next great shift in train technology - a cataclysmic transition similar to the move decades ago from coal to diesel power.

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