The Anonymous Widower

Powered By HVO

I took these pictures yesterday at Peterborough.

Note the locomotive is named Benjamin Gimbert GC.

DB Cargo have issued a press release on these trials of HVO.

Wikipedia also give more details of HVO.


August 5, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. Interesting wiki article on HVO but not much about the make up of the exhaust I.e. levels of carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide etc

    I assume these are lower than normal diesel but they are still carbon-based fuels being burnt so some levels of noxious fumes must still be emitted.

    Comment by Maurice Reed | August 5, 2021 | Reply

    • I suspect in a port or depot, where staff are walking amongst the exhausts, hydrogen must have an advantage, as there would only be water.

      Certainly, the average Class 66 locomotive puts out a lot of fumes.

      Comment by AnonW | August 5, 2021 | Reply

  2. Interesting idea. Not sure how much power is is produced compared to normal diesel, and how it affects engine life and whether it is a cheaper source of power. Most of the non fossil fuel alternatives appear to cost up to eight times the cost per unit of normal fuels.

    Comment by jagracer | August 5, 2021 | Reply

  3. I wonder whether these bio-fuels are economically usefull. What effect does it have on engine life? Wiki is light on information for hydrogenated fuels. Emissions are not advertised as much less than diesel either. A Deltic on full chat was no better than a steam engine when being coaled, with lots of black smoke, nice noise though!

    Comment by jagracer | August 5, 2021 | Reply

    • They’re doing an extended trial to find out how well the fuels work.
      It will give a base cost, when converting to hydrogen.

      Comment by AnonW | August 5, 2021 | Reply

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