The question of getting the most out of diesel fuel and the possibilities of burning lower-cost diesel fuels involves more than the operational price savings. It requires a knowledge and understanding of the facts of combustion as related to engine performance and the effects of the characteristics of fuels and means by which undesirable features can be recognized and corrections made so that fuels may be burned satisfactorily in service. The paper outlines the research carried out by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad on lower-cost fuels and the resulting economies.

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