The Anonymous Widower

Hydrogen Trains Have Arrived

According to this page on the Internet, Alstom launched the Coradia iLint today.

These are some of the pictures.

I shall go for a ride.

The web page says this about the test route.

On behalf of LNVG, the Coradia iLint trains will be operated on nearly 100km of line running between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude, replacing EVB’s existing diesel fleet.

As Buxtehude is close to Hamburg, the easiest way to experience the trains would be to fly to Hamburg.

September 16, 2018 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. that’s taken from Alstom’s press release

    Expect there’ll be an unusually high number of passengers on that line until the novelty wears off 🙂

    Comment by Peter Robins | September 16, 2018 | Reply

  2. It appears to be an hourly service between Cuxhaven and Buxtehude, which takes about two hours twenty minutes for the round trip.

    So for a complete hydrogen service, they will need more than two trains, unless the new trains can do the round trip in under two hours.

    I think, I’ll give it a week or so to settle, until I get more news.

    Comment by AnonW | September 16, 2018 | Reply

    • the 2 hydrogen trains are only running part of the service, the rest will continue to be diesel. I think it’s 2021 when Alstom delivers the rest of the hydrogen train order.

      Comment by Peter Robins | September 16, 2018 | Reply

  3. If Alstom are being smart, the new 140 kph trains would be able to do the round trip in two hours. After all the Press Release says it’s a 100 km line. That way an hourly service would need just two trains, with a handy diesel to cover, when the hydrogen trains were being refuelled. The Press Release also says that the trains can go all day on a tankful, which does 1000 km. That doesn’t seem right. But I’ve just looked at the map and there is electrification at Buxtehude and for a short section through Bremerhaven. So the trains could start at Buxtehude and leave Bremerhaven both ways with a full battery, that doesn’t need any hydrogen to achieve.

    The route was obviously chosen by engineers who understand marketing!

    And the French think the British are devious!

    Comment by AnonW | September 17, 2018 | Reply

    • I’m not sure how they’re going to organise it, but the current service is in 2 parts: the timetable for the main bit Buxtehude-Bremerhaven is at This takes a tad over 90 mins in one direction and nearer 105 in the other. The connecting Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven service is a further 45-50 mins.

      As the press release makes clear, this is still part of the testing process, only this time running as part of a commercial schedule. I think this is a sensible way of easing in this new technology. And I think Alstom are trying to make this as similar to diesel operation as possible to simplify things for the operator. The hydrogen supply still needs organising too. AIUI, Alstom is contracted to supply hydrogen as well as the trains and maintenance, and they have sub-contracted with Linde to organise this. For this phase Linde is supplying industry-standard hydrogen – the press release takes of a ‘mobile filling station’, which I suppose means a road tanker – but the plan is to have wind-generated hydrolysis. That should be ready by the time the other units are supplied in 2021 for use on the whole regional network, not just that one line.

      Comment by Peter Robins | September 17, 2018 | Reply

  4. is currently the 2nd-most viewed video on the BBC website. However, it’s only 1m12 long, and doesn’t mention any of the British developments. Might bring the things to a wider audience, but it’s hardly in-depth analysis.

    Comment by Peter Robins | October 29, 2018 | Reply

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