The open-air sightseeing train uses a new biodiesel fuel made from used cooking oil with lard extracted from ramen broth.
On this train, visitors can admire the dreamy landscape of Japan when reaching Takachiho, in Miyazaki Province.
The Mainichi newspaper reported that Takachiho Amaterasu Railway Co., a railway trading company, was responsible for operating the new fuel for the train. The company collected ingredients from restaurants, mixed them into fuel at a ratio of 9:1, and used chemicals to refine them.
Takachiho Amaterasu Railway Co. concerns about biofuels because the company is seeking solutions to reduce environmental pollution. Thus, they coordinated with Nishida Shoun, a transportation company in Fukuoka Prefecture, to develop this fuel.
They carried out many test runs to examine the train operation from mid-June. As a result, the train engine started smoothly and there were no problems; when running on the slopes. Besides, the exhaust has no black color or an unpleasant smell like that of diesel engines. The cost to create the new fuel is almost the same as that of diesel oil.
On its first departure, a staff filled the train with this new fuel. When the engine started, the platform was filled with the aroma of fried oil, as if in a restaurant.
Naoki Akimoto, a 38-year-old office worker in Osaka, joining on the sightseeing trip with his family, shared, “It is amazing to experience a trip on a train running by ramen broth.”