The Province of Groningen has published a report outlining the results of the Coradia iLint tests performed in March on the 65 kilometers of line between Groningen and Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands. The tests aimed to investigate whether a hydrogen fuel cell train could be a fully sustainable alternative to the diesel trains currently running in the northern part of the country.
Diesel multiple units are a thing of the past, at least according to Jochen Steinbauer. As Director of Development for Alternative Drives at Siemens Mobility, he’s in charge of the Mireo Plus platform and has participated in the development of both the hydrogen- and battery-powered versions. In an interview, he talks about the strengths of battery-powered trains, what the developments are that will revolutionize the market in the near future, and what sets Mireo Plus B apart from the competition.
Wabtec (NYSE: WAB) has signed an agreement with the New Mexico Rail Runner Express (NMRX) to upgrade the wireless network of NMRX’s commuter fleet, in cooperation with Wabtec’s strategic networking technology partner, Rajant Corporation. This order is the first for Wabtec and Rajant since forming their strategic partnership to accelerate wireless technology for the global rail industry.
The AC version of the Vectron locomotive received official approval from the Danish safety authority “Trafik-, Bygge og Boligstyrelsen” for operating in Denmark. The approval marks an important milestone for the commissioning of 42 Vectron locomotives ordered by Danish State Railways (DSB) from Siemens Mobility over the last two years. The first three locomotives will be delivered in September 2020.
Despite a global shift towards renewable energy, as governments look to reverse the adverse effects of climate change, the fact remains that much of the world’s transport sector is still dependent on fossil fuels. When it comes to the future of sustainable mobility in the Middle East, however, rail transport is leading the way.
KIEL, GERMANY. The automatic OnEfficiency.StopStart system from Voith contributes to more efficient rail freight transport of the future. By switching off the traction engine of a locomotive during long waiting periods, operators save fuel and thus reduce costs and emissions.
As part of its ambition to build the most sustainable high speed railway in the world, HS2 contractors in London have begun using a new low carbon concrete product which provides a reduction of 42% in CO2 in comparison to a standard concrete.
Global mobility provider Bombardier Transportation has received an order from Lower Saxony’s regional public transport operator Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG) for 14 additional BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX Vario double-deck coaches. A total of 12 intermediate cars and two control cars will be delivered, increasing LNVG’s fleet to 246 TWINDEXX Vario double-deck coaches in addition to the 37 TRAXX locomotives already in service.