SFGAm going green with their train ride.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 1:57 AM

According to their facebook site, they are going green and converting their fuel from diesel to vegetable oil to run their trains.

Any other parks going this route?

Thursday, August 6, 2009 2:54 AM

Disneyland has also done this.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 6:47 AM

Makes sense. They both probably have a TON or two of oil from the fyers kicking around.

I belive you might see the trams and busses doing this too.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 11:53 PM

By 'green' this is a matter of re-using waste product as fuel?

I know Silverwood was running their steam train on used motor oil back in 1999. Of course, you can run a steam train on pretty much anything that will burn; diesel engines are somewhat more particular...

(not to mention less particulate...)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Friday, August 7, 2009 2:10 PM

When are we going to see Electric trains? Or better yet, time-travelling ones like in Back to the Future III...

Friday, August 7, 2009 2:17 PM

When somebody comes up with a flux capacitor and I get a Mr. Fusion. :)

Friday, August 7, 2009 4:15 PM

Most of the big freight and passenger trains you see in revenue service in the US today are electric trains. In spite of that big cloud of black diesel smoke.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

(they just haven't electrified the tracks, so the locomotives have to bring along their own power plant)

Saturday, August 8, 2009 7:31 AM

There is an exception to that rule: Amtrak's Acela, which runs between Boston & Washington, D.C. is pure electric, gettiting it's power from an overhead line.

Saturday, August 8, 2009 9:28 AM

Electrified railways were not at all uncommon in the US. The Virginian Railway had a stretch that ran through WV. The Great Northern had a large electrified line in the northwest. Add to this all the street cars that ran from an overhead catenary.


Saturday, August 8, 2009 10:13 AM

Don't forget forget about all the subways runing on "third rail," systems.


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