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Wabtec Planning For Transition From Diesel

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

It has this sub-title.

At InnoTrans, company looks at role of batteries, hydrogen in railroading’s future.

It is very much a must-read, that gives a road-map of their plans to decarbonise rail freight, by the use of both battery and hydrogen power.

December 13, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. According to the article they’ve also got themselves involved in the Digital Automatic Coupler through its acquisition of Faiveley Transport. Much of Europe wants to introduce an automatic coupler to vastly improve the efficiency of freight movements on the freight railway.
    Interesting company Wabtec, before 1997 it was Westinghouse Air Brake Company and within 25 years of almost 50 mergers and acquisitions including General Electric’s locomotive business less than 5 years ago it is this behemoth. I do wonder how corporate policy towards battery and hydrogen technology will evolve, given the company as a whole continues to be in such a fluid state and the big US Railroads, Union Pacific, CSX, BNSF, etc are driven by their profit-making strategy.

    Comment by fammorris | December 14, 2022 | Reply

  2. I tend to feel that Cummins have set the standard, by going big on hydrogen. They realised that the company would die, if it relied on diesels.

    GE also realised that their electrical expertise would be profitable with all the switchgear needed, so they moved into turbines.

    Wabtec have seen that there will be pressure to decarbonise rail and the FLXDrive project is an obvious place to start, as there are thousands of GE Locomotives that need replacement or decarbonisation.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wabtec offering to convert diesel locomotives like Class 66’s to hydrogen. They’re already doing that in Azerbaijan. As Cummins are finding, it can be an easy sell.

    Comment by AnonW | December 14, 2022 | Reply

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