Will Railroads Get a Boost From Natural Gas?

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Isaac Pino discusses topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Isaac talks transportation. Specifically, he's focusing on the natural gas revolution and how it could boost the railroad industry. Railroad traffic suffers when natural gas replaces coal as a cheaper energy source, but the railroads also get a boost from shipping heavy equipment required for fracking and might receive an entirely new fuel source as locomotives are outfitted with natural gas engines. The trend is well under way in the trucking industry, and a shift to natural gas-fueled trains could drive railroad stocks higher over the long haul.

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