The Anonymous Widower

Deutsche Bahn Is Building Overhead Line ‘Islands’ For Battery Trains

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

This paragraph describes the concept.

This means, instead of electrifying a line in full, as is conventional for electric trains to draw traction power, these lines will feature intermittent electrification. The first of these lines to become operational will be in Schleswig-Holstein in December 2023. Deutsche Bahn says it will only electrify short stretches (a few hundred metres up to a few kilometres) or stations – enough to allow battery-powered trains to recharge on these lines. The state rail operator estimates that this move will mean that more than ten million train kilometres can be completed using electric rather than diesel traction in Schleswig-Holstein. The diesel trains currently in use will be decommissioned. DB estimates an annual diesel fuel saving of around ten million litres.

It looks like a simple concept will save a lot of diesel fuel.

I first talked about electrification islands to charge battery-electric trains in The Concept Of Electrification Islands, which I wrote in April 2020.

March 16, 2022 - Posted by | Energy, Transport/Travel | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Not exactly where I was anticipating the location of the electrification islands, still I’m sure DB know the optimal sites better than me.
    https://bauprojekte.deutschebahn.com/p/akku-nachlade-infrastruktur-sh
    Looks as though by 2024 it would be a good place to visit.

    Comment by fammorris | March 18, 2022 | Reply


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