Many people like to travel by train because compared to other means of transport, it is much more relaxing, and above all, it allows them to read, work on the computer, sleep or even enjoy the captivating landscapes that ‘They cross. The journeys that these wagons travel are extremely long and therefore the amounts of fuel consumed are also very high.
But for this Japanese train, a viable fuel alternative has been found leftover ramen broth is used as propellant . It also reduces food waste.
The Amaterasu Scenic Railway in Japan is crossed by a tourist train that allows travelers to enjoy extraordinary scenery, showing views of Miyazaki Prefecture. The means of transport itself has many characteristics that make it unique, such as its pink color, the absence of a roof, but above all the fact that during the journey, the personnel blow soap bubbles.
But today a new element has been introduced which has made this train even more amazing. Conventional fuel has been replaced with a special biodiesel, namely leftover ramen broth (a traditional Japanese soup). By the way, the train no longer leaves the acrid smell of gasoline, but a very sweet and delicious aroma.
In Europe or the United States, biodiesel is made from vegetable oil from rapeseed or soybeans. Japanese industry, on the other hand, avoids competing with food producers for resources and turns to used cooking oils or even food scraps , such as broth in this case.
In order to realize this alternative fuel, the Amaterasu railway line has collaborated with the company Nishida Logistics, which has produced new biodiesel for its trucks. As for the propellant used for this train, a mixture was created from used oil used for tempura (a type of Japanese frying) and leftover ramen broth. The disadvantage of this fuel is that it can only be stored for two months , no more, after which it becomes unusable.
It has been proven that thanks to this new fuel, the train can withstand the weight of 60 passengers and two wagons, even uphill.
A really interesting find, what do you think?