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GE to partner BNSF on battery freight locomotive tests

The programme will see GE Transportation design and build an AC Evolution Series locomotive which will feature an overall energy-management system, including onboard energy storage.

Porterbrook makes case for battery/electric bi-mode conversion

Rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook is working on a prototype battery/electric bi-mode Class 350/2 to demonstrate the technology's viability to train operators.

SNCF trial to tackle brake dust emissions

Technology designed to suck up the particles emitted by trains during braking is to be trialled by SNCF.

Bi-Mode Good, Tri-Mode Better

A previous article outlined plans for bi-mode fleets on UK railways. This article briefly described Porterbrook Leasing’s Class 319 Flex conversions. A total of 32 units are currently on order, more than half of which will be the UK’s first tri-mode trains (AC, DC and diesel).

CRRC says rail transit equipment is “on the cusp of a revolution” as it unveils next gen metro train

CRRC Sifang deputy chief engineer Ding Sansan said the train, dubbed 'CETROVO', is not only lighter, but is more energy efficient and has more space for new features.

ROSCO and rail researchers aim to create the UK’s first hydrogen train

Earlier this year rail minister Jo Johnson challenged the rail industry to develop decarbonisation plans, with the objective of removing diesel-only trains from the network by 2040.

France to begin testing hybrid trains in 2020

SNCF is to work alongside Alstom to introduce hybrid trains on regional and commuter routes from 2020.

Train tech firm unveils intelligent system that adjusts glass pane transparency

Forget curtains and blinds, one company exhibiting at InnoTrans has unveiled an intelligent technology that shuts out light from train carriages in a futuristic fashion.

World’s first hydrogen fuel-cell trains enter service in Lower Saxony

Built nearby in Salzgitter, the trains are equipped with fuel cells which convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion.

Hacking InnoTrans

The hackathon is being supported by Network Rail, Deutsche Bahn, Siemens, Silver Rail, Fujitsu, ORM, SBB and the UK's Department for Transport.
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