A General Electric U-6C diesel-electric switching locomotive with an especial livery: the expression movida a metanol, written below the engineer's window, means "fueled with methanol". During the years of the Oil Crisis (1973-1985) Brazil intensively researched alternative fuels. Cars fueled with ethanol (sugar cane alcohol) are being built in our country since 1980. During the early eighties FEPASA and the Campinas University (UNICAMP) researched the use of a mixture of diesel oil and methanol (wood alcohol) as fuel for locomotives using this machine. Apparently the results were not good enough, as latter the locomotive was reversed to use diesel as fuel. This photo was kindly sent by Paulo Cesar Bonaldo to the E.F. Brasil site.
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