The Anonymous Widower

East Midlands Railway Class 170 Trains To Get New Emissions Technology

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Rail Advent.

These two paragraphs introduce the article.

Porterbrook has announced that it has received funding for the trial fitment of technology to reduce emissions on its fleet of Class 170 DMU trains.

The £400,000 funding will see the Class 170 ‘Turbostar’ trains, which are in operation with East Midlands Railway, fitted with Eminox SCRT technology.

The trial will be for three months, after which a decision will be made, as whether Porterbrook’s share of the over 120 Class 170 trains will be upgraded.

June 18, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. Batteries to run the train while they are in stations would be much more exciting and useful. One can only hope.

    Comment by William McIntyre | June 19, 2020 | Reply

    • The Class 170 trains are diesel-hydraulic, so batteries would be difficult!

      Ricardo did experiment with improved hydraulics, but that seems to have disappeared.

      Rolls-Royce were also promoting MTU Hybrid PowerPacks

      That project seems to have stopped.

      Perhaps, Porterbrook feel that much of the market can be covered by converting Class 350 trains to battery or hydrogen power?

      They would quite rightly want to maximise profit and cashflow, so nearly new Class 350 trains might obtain a higher price from the TOCs.

      Comment by AnonW | June 19, 2020 | Reply

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