The Anonymous Widower

Battery-Powered Shunter Ready To Begin Testing

The title of this post is the same as that of an article in Issue 903 of Rail Magazine. The article describes how 08649, which is a Class 08 shunter is being converted to diesel-electric hybrid power.

  • It appears, that the shunter wasn’t in the best of condition.
  • A 6.8 litre John Deere diesel engine is to be fitted, which will be enhanced to Euro Stage 5.
  • Tesla battery packs with a capacity of 300 kWh will be fitted.
  • A bespoke control system is being developed.

The shunter is to be tested on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, when COVID-19 restrictions allow.

The reason for doing the work is not outlined in the article, although it does say this.

The work has been carried out by Meteor Power Ltd., which won a contract last year as part of the Department of Transport’s Innovation Carbon Reduction programme.

According to Wikipedia, 996 shunters were produced with another nearly two hundred similar shunters in other classes. Eighty two are deemed to have been preserved in Wikipedia,  with sixty or so labelled as operational. Two operational examples are on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway.

As some of the preserved examples are used by successful heritage railways and even commercial companies like Bombardier, perhaps Meteor have identified several possible commercial conversions.

Or it could be that Meteor want to show how their technology can reduce a company’s carbon emissions by re-putting a diesel engine with a hybrid transmission in a railway engine or a piece of heavy plant.

April 21, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 1 Comment