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Northern’s Hydrogen Plans

The title of this post, is half of the title of an article in the March 2020 Edition of Modern Railways.

I discussed Northern’s possible hydrogen trains in Fuelling The Change On Teesside Rails.

This new article gives a lot more detail in this paragraph.

Northern has submitted planning documents, with the preferred site for a maintenance and fuelling facility understood to be at Lackenby. As hydrogen units would have a more limited operating range than DMUs (around 600 miles), they would likely need to return to the depot every night. Northern believes the routes radiating from Middlesbrough to Nunthorpe, Bishop Auckland and Saltburn are ideal candidates for the operation, as they are unlikely to be electrified and can be operated as a self contained network using hydrogen trains. A fleet of around a dozen Breeze units is planned, with the possibility they could also operate services to Whitby and on the Durham Coast Line to Newcastle. Planning documentation suggested the first hydrogen train would be ready for testing in June 2021, but this was based on construction of the depot facility beginning in January this year.

It all sounds very comprehensive.

Capacity Comparison With The iLint

The Modern Railways article says this about the capacity of the Breeze.

A three-car Breeze is expected to have a similar passenger capacity to a two-car DMU.

A two-car Class 156 train, which currently work the lines around Middlesbrough, was built with 163 seats and the Lint 54, on which the iLint is based, has between 150 and 180 seats.

It will be interesting to see how actual seat numbers compare between the Breeze and iLint.

February 28, 2020 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. Interesting, however Northern will have to be quick – their franchise runs out in eleven hours.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | February 29, 2020 | Reply

  2. I assume that the Operatir if Last Resort will take over their plans

    Comment by AnonW | March 1, 2020 | Reply

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