HYDROFLEX PROTOTYPE PLANNED

ALEX BURROWS, DIRECTOR OF THE BIRMINGHAM CENTRE FOR RAILWAY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION, EXPLAINS HOW THE CENTRE WILL WORK WITH PORTERBROOK TO TRIAL HYDROGEN POWER ON A CLASS 319 EMU

HydroFlex: visual of the prototype Class 319 unit.

Alternative forms of power are the topic of the moment. With the Government encouraging a move away from diesel-only trains, the industry is looking at how trains can be powered away from overhead wires. Hydrogen power is high up this list. Alstom is introducing its iLint train in Germany, the first example of a hydrogen-powered train entering commercial service on a main line railway.

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