Takachiho Amaterasu Railway (Takachiho Town, Miyazaki Prefecture) has switched the fuel for its sightseeing carts to biodiesel fuel made from pork bone ramen soup. As part of the company’s efforts to decrease carbon output. Reportedly the exhaust gas smells like fried rice. Furthermore a decrease in smoke from the engine has been well received by passengers. The miniature train consists of a diesel engine, two passenger cars, and 60 passengers. It operates on a 5-km round-trip taking 30 minutes. Along the route is the Takachiho Railway Bridge, which rises 105 meters from the ground, offering a spectacular view. The biodiesel fuel, introduced in August in place of diesel fuel, was developed by Nishida Shouun, a transportation company in Fukuoka Prefecture. The company separates and collects lard from leftover ramen soup. It uniquely refines the lard, so it does not solidify and produces the fuel. Source: NHK / Sankei / Amaterasu Railway
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