Progress Rail Approves B20 Biodiesel Fuel for Use in EMD® Engines

August 26, 2021

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Progress Rail, A Caterpillar Company, is committed to offering sustainable solutions by providing products that facilitate fuel transition, increase operational efficiency, and reduce emissions.

To help customers achieve their climate-related goals, Progress Rail has approved the use of up to 20% biodiesel blend (B20) across its range of 645 and 710 series engines.

“Progress Rail is leading the rail industry in providing the greatest range of fuel flexibility, making a meaningful, positive impact on the environment and supporting our customers’ energy savings goals,” said Marty Haycraft, President & CEO of Progress Rail.

As customers, governments, and concerned citizens work to build a better, more sustainable world, Progress Rail has made significant progress in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its operations and has continually invested in new products, technologies, and services.

Innovations include a battery-powered, zero-emissions locomotive, as well as reciprocating engines that burn alternate diesel fuels. By providing clean, efficient reciprocating engines, established power sources are even more efficient, with flexible fuel options including Tier 4 diesel, natural gas, biodiesel, renewable diesel, direct injected gas, and dynamic gas blending.


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About Progress Rail

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, is one of the largest integrated and diversified providers of rolling stock and infrastructure solutions and technologies for global rail customers. Progress Rail delivers advanced EMD locomotives and engines, railcars, trackwork, fasteners, signaling, rail welding and Kershaw Maintenance-of-Way equipment, along with dedicated locomotive and freight car repair services, aftermarket parts support and recycling operations. The company also offers advanced rail technologies, including data acquisition and asset protection equipment. Progress Rail’s deep industry expertise, together with the support of Caterpillar, ensures a commitment to quality through innovative solutions for the rail industry. Progress Rail has a network of nearly 200 locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Australia, China, India, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit and follow @Progress_Rail on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.



Progress Rail Contact:

Amy Everett, Communications Director