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Get ready for the most delicious way to travel: Amtrak will soon run its Heartland Flyer rail line on beef byproduct biodiesel. Just like me, this train will run slowly and inefficiently on burgers.


Yep, thanks to a $274,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration, this train will be running on pure meat. Well, pure meat and diesel.

The train, which runs on 80% regular diesel and 20% beef-based biofuel from a Texas vendor, is running for the next 12 months courtesy of a $274,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration [...] Amtrak says that the cow tallow (read: rendered fat from cattle) fuel reduces hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions by 10%, cuts down on particulates by 15%, and reduces sulfates by 20% compared to standard diesel.


And yes, this train will almost definitely smell like a fast food restaurant whenever it passes through town. Choo choo! [Fast Company via io9]

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