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CP Hydrogen Locomotive Pilot Powered By Ballard

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

Canadian Pacific (CP) will use fuel cell modules from Ballard Power Systems for its first hydrogen fuel cell (HFC)-powered linehaul freight locomotive.

I have said that someone will build a hydrogen powered freight locomotive for some time  and it looks like Canada is first to show their hand.

The engine shown in the picture in the Railway Age article is 4107, which is an EMD FP9, which looks to be a typical North American diesel-electric locomotive.

  • It has a power of 1300 kW.
  • It can haul freight or passenger trains.
  • Ninety were built in the 1950s.
  • They have a maximum speed of between 65-105 mph.

The diesel engine and alternator will be swapped for six 200 kW fuel cells from Ballard and a battery.

This video shows 4107 leading the Royal Canadian Pacific, which is a luxury excursion passenger train.

Will this train be hydrogen powered in the future? It would be an interesting way to bring in the tourists.

 

 

March 10, 2021 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Those carriages have three-axle bogies. I reckon they must give a good smooth ride.

    Comment by MauriceGReed | March 11, 2021 | Reply

    • I think the coaches are quite old. Wikipedia says this.

      The train consists of up to eight luxury passenger cars built between 1916 and 1931 and is powered by first-generation diesel locomotives.

      It would be some tourist attraction if powered by hydrogen.

      Comment by AnonW | March 11, 2021 | Reply


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