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Caterpillar Inc. | Extending Product Life

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Caterpillar strives to provide customers with quality equipment that delivers the best economic proposition for their business. Read more here about how we remanufacture (reman) and rebuild products and components that not only provides customers with immediate cost savings, but also help extend life cycles and use materials more efficiently.

Caterpillar Repowers for Rail

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Caterpillar’s rail subsidiary, Progress Rail, is one of the largest diversified providers of rolling stock and infrastructure solutions and technologies for global rail customers.

Click here to learn how by replacing old, inefficient engines and antiquated controls systems with new, state-of-the-art technology, the company’s repower programs provide customers with tailored and cost efficient solutions for upgrading older equipment.

HackTrain: The Journey Continues

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Originally posted on Bloomberg Now

Last month, 40 developers from across Europe travelled over 800 miles in 56 hours on a quest to revolutionise the rail industry.

Powered by Bloomberg, HackTrain and its contestants produced a host of working prototypes addressing some of the problems facing the UK’s rail companies and their passengers.

Rail’s Environmental Advantage

Sustainable Transportation
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Moving freight by rail offers an efficient, cost-effective, and immediate way to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. If only 10 percent of long-distance freight now moving by truck moved by rail instead, annual U.S. fuel savings would approach nearly 1 billion gallons and greenhouse gas emissions would fall by around 11 million tons, based on a comparative study of the fuel efficiencies of trains vs. trucks.

Bloomberg QuickTake: Crude on the Rails

Trains versus Pipelines
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By Tim Catts and Thomas Black | Updated Feb. 18, 2015

 

As Fiery Accidents Pile Up, U.S. Proposes New Rules for Oil Trains

Department of Transportation calls for new speed limits, phaseout of older cars.
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After a string of fiery oil train accidents in recent months, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Wednesday proposed new rules seeking to address safety concerns over the increasing use of rail to transport crude oil.

The long-promised standards call for a phaseout or retrofit of older rail cars known as DOT-111s, which are known to be vulnerable to leaks and explosions, within two years; new speed and operational restrictions; and a stricter system for testing and classifying mined gases and liquids, among other measures.

Oil Train Derails in Lynchburg, Virginia

Latest incident comes amid safety debate over rail transport of crude.
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A train carrying crude oil derailed Wednesday afternoon in Lynchburg, Virginia, sending flames and black plumes of smoke into the air near a railside eatery and pedestrian waterfront along the James River. Approximately 15 cars were involved in the derailment of the train, which was en route from Chicago to Virginia, according to the train's operator, CSX.

Continue reading on The Great Energy Challenge.

BNSF Customers Reduce CO2 Emissions by More Than 30 Million Metric Tons in 2013 Shipping by Rail

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FORT WORTH, March 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ – BNSF Railway customers continue to make significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions by shipping their freight by rail instead of entirely over the road. In 2013, BNSF customers reduced their carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2e) by more than 30 million metric tons. That is equivalent to eliminating the consumption and resultant emissions from more than three billion gallons of diesel fuel or six million passenger vehicles annually.

Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials

Posted by Marianne Lavelle
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U.S. officials are weighing a wide range of actions to address what they view as the increasing public risk due to oil trains. Thanks to the booming oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, and the ramp-up of ethanol production throughout the Midwest, U.S. railways now are carrying an unprecedented volume of flammable liquid—and the majority of tank cars used for those liquids are prone to be punctured in an accident, safety investigators have been warning for 20 years.

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