Porter­brook’s Hy­droFlex

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

Porter­brook and the Birm­ing­ham Cen­tre for Rail­way Re­search and Education (BCRRE) signed an agree­ment at the In­noTrans trade show in Ber­lin last year to de­velop a stan­dard gauge hy­dro­gen-pow­ered train.

This will use a Class 319 elec­tric mul­ti­ple unit, and should be used for demon­stra­tions this year. The agree­ment was de­signed so that both or­gan­i­sa­tions can demon­strate how hy­dro­gen­pow­ered trains could be de­ployed across the UK rail net­work.

Known as Hy­droFlex, the train will op­er­ate on 25kV AC over­head and 750V DC third-rail routes, while the ad­di­tion of a hy­dro­gen fuel cell will en­able it to op­er­ate in self-pow­ered mode with­out the need for diesel en­gines.

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