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Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
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Vivarail plans to build hydrogen-powered train

Vivarail has announced plans for a four-car hydrogen D-Train.

The company says the modular design of the Class 230s allows a hydrogen-powered set to have more seats. It has also confirmed that trains entering traffic with diesel gensets can be modified to be hydrogen-powered.

Its hydrogen-powered ‘230’ D-Train will follow the design of five ordered by Transport for Wales, by having two driving vehicles powered by Hoppecke batteries. The difference is that rather than a diesel genset beneath the two intermediate vehicles, hydrogen tanks and fuel cells will be housed there. This means that seats and the interior will not be compromised.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 05/02/2019 00:20

    Hydrogen Class 230. I think thats a good idea on what Vivarail will be planning to convert them as Hydrogen powered trains. Also when is London Northwestern Railway going to start using the Class 230 DEMUs in service which is to operate on the Marston Vale "Bletchley to Bedford" Line. Which was suppose to of started operation back in December 2018 but was some how being delayed.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 09/02/2019 03:58

    Will Hydrogen Class 230 if converted as 1-Car could be ideal for the Stourbridge Junction-Stourbridge Town branch line. And to replace the Class 139 Parry People Mover.

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