‘Future rail engineers’ ride the rails on HydroFLEX

Competition-winning school pupils journeyed on Porterbrook’s tri-mode HydroFLEX Class 799 unit, on a special COP26 run with the authors of a popular children’s book series.

Network Rail teamed up with Adventures on Trains authors MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman, to host kids who came up with the most inspiring ideas to get passengers to travel by train.

The ‘799’ is a converted Class 319 EMU, retaining the existing 25kV AC and 750V DC equipment and with an added hydrogen fuel tank.

The authors said: “We’re delighted to have been able to play a part in COP26 by bringing our books onto the HydroFLEX train with the children. Trains are already the greenest form of public transport and the kids really understand that the key to a greener future is getting people out of cars and onto trains.

“We hope our books and this trip will unlock their imaginations and perhaps even inspire some green rail engineers of the future.”

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