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X-STEAM! The Future of Rail

Posted: May 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: biofuel, Fast, Faster, Favorite New Thought | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on X-STEAM! The Future of Rail

X-STEAM! The Future of RailOff the cuff a 75 year old steam locomotive and green, sustainable transport seem to have less than naught in common. Not according to the Coalition for Sustainable Rail – CSR – who reckon they can reinvigorate Locomotive 3463, circa 1937, bringing her back to life as the world’s first carbon-neutral higher-speed locomotive.

CSR is a superneat collaboration between the University of Minnisota and Sustainable Rail International – SRI – a not for profit research group dedicated to the research and development of modern steam trains.

“This is a pretty Radical idea, but there’s a lot of science behind it,” Davidson Ward, SRI president said “looking to technologies of the past to inspire solutions for today’s sustainability challenges.”

SRI acquired the large test bed steam locomotive – Locomotive 3463 – via donation from the Great Overland Station Museum in Topeka, Kansas. This locomotive, built in 1937 for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, will be reconfigured by SRI’s locomotive modernization experts, then tested as part of CSR Project 130 :: Read the full article »»»»