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The biggest single item of operating cost for diesel engines in the horsepower range used for locomotives, stationary power plants, and motor ships is fuel. A 4 cents per gallon decrease in fuel cost can reduce the fuel bill for operating a 2000-hp engine $15,000 to $20,000 per year. Consequently, burning inexpensive residual No. 6 fuel is extremely attractive. A research and development program to permit burning this grade of fuel in the Fairbanks, Morse & Co. 8 1/8 by 10 Opposed-Piston engine was undertaken in the fall of 1954. Because of the diversified application of this engine, a successful development would make available to heavy-duty diesel engine users in practically all fields the savings inherent in burning heavy fuel.
Beadle, R. H.
Chief Engineer, Fairbanks, Morse & Co., Beloit, Wis.