After months of tests, CSR is ready to take the next step in its groundbreaking research to use wood-based coal substitute to power a full-size, standard gauge passenger train. The Coalition for Sustainable Rail is a 501c(3) not-for-profit educational and research organization. It has been working in collaboration with the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota - Duluth to develop a wood-based coal substitute known as "torrefied biomass." After more than five years of research, including multiple trials on the Milwaukee County Zoo train, CSR and NRRI now believe they have a viable fuel for use in steam locomotives. To test this theory, we have enlisted the help of the Everett Railroad. 

 A bucket full of torrefied biomass ready to burn during tests in November 2017. CSR and NRRI will be manfacturing 6+ tons of fuel for Everett testing.

A bucket full of torrefied biomass ready to burn during tests in November 2017. CSR and NRRI will be manfacturing 6+ tons of fuel for Everett testing.

Everett Railroad (EVRR) No. 11 is a 1923-built 2-6-0 that hauls tourist trains in Pennsylvania. The EVRR has offered to let CSR use its 2-6-0 to test a large quantity of torrefied biomass on over-the-road trials. This will be the first time anywhere in the world that torrefied biomass will be used to haul a full-sized passenger train, and we'd be honored to have you join us! 

CSR will be undertaking two days of tests on the EVRR that are scheduled to take place in Summer 2018. We have joined forces with NRRI to manufacture torrefied biomass fuel for burning in the Everett Railroad No. 11. This fuel will be shipped from Coleraine, Minnesota, to Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, for use on the upcoming tests once it is completed.

More information about the tests, including photographs and information on their results, will be made available once it is known. That said, if you are interested in supporting our research, we always welcome the general public to support CSR through a tax deductible donation.


 
 

Photographs of the Everett Railroad used on this site generously provided by Oren B. Helbok