The Anonymous Widower

World’s Largest Fleet Of Fuel Cell Trains’ Ordered

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Railway Gazette.

This is the first paragraph.

Following a European tender, the Fahma rolling stock subsidiary of Rhein-Main transport authority RMV has awarded Alstom a contract to supply and support a fleet of 27 fuel cell multiple-units.

These are a few points from the rest of the article.

  • The trains are Alstom Coradia iLint.
  • Range on hydrogen is up to 500 miles with a top speed of 87 mph.
  • Each train will have 160 seats.
  • The order is worth around €500million.
  • 25 years of maintenance is included.
  • Hydrogen will be supplied by Höchst KG.
  • The trains will be delivered in time for the December 2022 timetable change.

This is said about the refuelling.

The refuelling point will be located at the Höchst industrial park. ‘With its existing hydrogen infrastructure, Industriepark Höchst is an ideal filling station location for fuel cell vehicles’, said Dr Joachim Kreysing, Managing Director of Infraserv Höchst. ‘The operation of the hydrogen filling station for trains as a supplement to the tanking facilities for buses and trucks fits in perfectly with our concept’.

These routes will be converted from diesel to hydrogen.

  • RB11 Frankfurt-Höchst – Bad Soden, – 25 minutes
  • RB12 Frankfurt – Königstein, – 36 minutes
  • RB15 Frankfurt – Bad Homburg – Brandoberndorf – 83 minutes
  • RB16 Friedrichsdorf – Friedberg – 23 minutes

Services look to be half-hourly.

Only one is a longer route.

A Simple Plan

It is a fairly simple plan with probably a low risk.

This Google Map shows Industriepark Höchst.

Note the Frankfurt Höchst station and Infraserv Höchst.

It seems to be all very convenient.

 

May 21, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

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