The Anonymous Widower

Steam, But Not As You Know It…

The title of this post, is the same as that of a sub-section of this news article on the IMechE web site.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Burning vast amounts of coal, wood or oil, traditional steam locomotives are hardly environmentally friendly. Steamology Motion hopes to give steam a modern makeover with its W2W Zero Emissions Power System, a range extender for Vivarail Class 320 rolling stock.

This paragraph gives an outline of the technology.

Few details are available, but the project aims to boost air quality at stations and reduce noise and pollution. W2W stands for water-to-water, and the system has a compact energy dense steam generator at its heart. “Steam is generated using energy stored as compressed hydrogen and oxygen gas in tanks,” the project summary says. “High pressure, superheated steam is used to drive a turbine to do useful work by generating electricity.”

There is only a fine line between madness and genius.


June 17, 2020 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. […] Steam, But Not As You Know It…, I give more details of their […]

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  2. But a fuel cell produces the electricity to power the motors which drive the train. Thus no boiler or turbine is required, not a steam plant.

    Comment by David Ochinero | July 1, 2020 | Reply

    • Because, you’re using hydrogen and oxygen, you are creating masses of energy, which is used to superheat steam, which means you get a lot more power. It’s almost a rocket powered train. If it works?

      If it does work well, the concert could be used to replace any diesel freight locomotive. If they are diesel electric like Class 66 locomotives, they will be able to be converted.
      The inventor will make millions.

      Comment by AnonW | July 1, 2020 | Reply

  3. If a fuel cell can power large semi trailer trucks it should be able to power a locomotive too.

    Comment by David Ochinero | July 2, 2020 | Reply

  4. Some locomotives need 4MW. 2-3 MW is typical.

    Steamology’s system would appear not to need a battery! So it could be fairly physically small.

    I feel, if it lives up to what has been said, we could see the return of steam trucks.

    Comment by AnonW | July 2, 2020 | Reply

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