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Latest On Hydrogen Trains In The Tees Valley

In the June 2021 Edition of Modern Railways, there is an article which is entitled Northern Looks To The Future.

This is a paragraph.

Northern has been working on proposals to introduce both hydrogen and battery conversions. For the former, the Tees Valley has been selected for the potential deployment of a whole system production pilot for a hydrogen fleet, with a dedicated depot, fuelling infrastructure and trains. A sub-fleet of Class 600 HMUs, converted by Alstom and Eversholt Rail from Class 321 EMUs and dubbed ‘Breeze’, is the preferred option for routes radiating from Middlesbrough to Nunthorpe, Bishop Auckland and Saltburn, creating a small self-contained network. If approved, these plans would fit with the Government’s aim to develop a hydrogen hub in the Tees Valley.

Could the Class 600 trains finally be on their way?

May 22, 2021 - Posted by | Hydrogen | , , ,


  1. You appear to be reading Modern Railways. You will have seen Roger Ford’s article in the March edition which refers to hydrogen hype, fuel cells and related matters. There is a lot of interest in obtaining public money to achieve a hydrogen future . That is where the reward lies and probably not in confident expectation of cracking the problems of production, storage and distribution on an affordable basis.
    As for de-carbonisation I have yet to read what is the amount of ’embedded’ carbon expended in the creation , transportation, erection and servicing of wind turbines nor their productive life span. And yet wind power is regarded as renewable and green.

    Comment by Thomas Carr | May 24, 2021 | Reply

  2. I actually feel the biggest hydrogen development in the last few days was announced by JCB.

    JCB Finds Cheap Way To Run Digger Using Hydrogen

    So far only The Times and Autocar have picked up the story!

    I feel this was to be expected as there are several companies like ULEMCo, who can make dual-fuel engines.

    A hydrogen engine, that uses familiar technology must be easy to make and service and also adapt to existing diesel powered vehicles and equipment.

    I think a lot of the research lately has gone into the reduction of wind power costs and improvement in efficiency.

    For instance, floating wind farms are being developed, that can be brought ashore for servicing and updating.

    There will be a lot of moves towards low-carbon manufacturing in general and wind turbines will benefit.

    Comment by AnonW | May 24, 2021 | Reply

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