Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on 13 January, 2015 inaugurated India’s first
CNG (compressed natural gas) powered train on the Rewari – Rohtak link of
Northern Zone. The move assumes significance as it will be the first time that a
passenger train will be powered by an alternate fuel source apart from diesel.
Railways have modified the 1,400 HP engine to run on dual fuel - diesel and CNG
- through fumigation technology.
The Rewari passenger train will consume over 20 per cent of the CNG, covering 81
km long distance in about two hours. Railways had earlier conducted a trial run
in the section.
The train comprising of two power cars and six car coaches has been manufactured
by Integral Coach Factory at Chennai with the CNG conversion kit being supplied
Development of a CNG conversion technology which will permit utilisation of over
60 per cent CNG is also underway, he said, adding "switch over to LNG technology
is also being planned as that will enable higher fuel carrying capacity."
Besides Rewari-Rohtak, Prabhu will also launch another passenger service between
Rewari and Bikaner as announced in the Rail Budget 2014-15.