Welcome to the Age of Hydrail!

Toronto’s Metrolinx Feasibility Study has concluded that a shift toward hydrogen fuel cell powered trains was technically feasible and the construction + operation costs would likely match that of traditional overhead (catenary) electricity lines.  In this case the Metrolinx GO Trains are currently powered by diesel engines.

A recent article in Rail Engineer (Hydrail Comes of Age) captured the history and momentum of Hydrail projects across Europe and Asia as transportation agencies look to electrify their trains and light rail networks. Similar to passenger vehicles, the hydrail configuration uses fuel cells for primary power integrated with (lithium ion) batteries for auxiliary power and regenerative braking capture.

Sources:

Alstom: Coradia iLint

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXuEs3-OQoE

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