Hybrid Railway Trains

So why not Hydrail?

"Many of you know that rail is a very environmentally friendly way to move lots of freight and lots of people. BNSF trains now can move a ton of freight 470 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel. So just think about that -- 470 miles on one gallon of fuel. If you think about just 10 percent of all the long-distance freight currently moving on the highway, if we could switch that to the rail our national fuel savings would exceed a billion gallons a year and the annual greenhouse gases would fall by some 12 million tons. A single intermodal train, which you probably see coming out of the ports down here, can take 280 to 300 trucks off the highway, or an equivalent of almost 1,100 cars off our crowded highways."

Hydrogen Railway Train Concept

Hydrogen Railway Train Concept

As more and more railway companies are now pursuing cleaner alternative fuel to run railway networks.

BNSF (Burlington Santa Fe) Railway Company for one, unveiled its hydrogen-fuel-cell switch locomotive and now in operations in its railway in Topeka, Kansas, USA.

BSNF hydrogen-fuel-cell switch locomotive

Japan made it first to promote commuter hydrogen railway train; one built by East Japan Railway (JR East) with two 65kw PEM fuel cells and two 95kw electric motors. And, regenerative braking system that recharges the lithium-ion battery pack.

And, competing with the fuel cells propulsion train, designed and built by the RTRI (Railway Transportation Research Institute) in Tokyo, Japan.

East Japan Railway Train

Turkey will soon join the ranks of countries pursuing hybrid locomotive vehicles. A message from Herbert Wancura, chief executive of a Spanish energy consulting firm, speaking at the

Sixth International Hydrail Conference, held in Istanbul, says “For a hydrail industry, Turkey has all the elements of what we call the dynamic diamond model,”

High Speed Turkey Trains

And here's one for the future:

The Hydrogen Super Highway or Hyrail - <i>"It is a collection of vital municipal utilities bundled into what we call the Conduit Cluster providing a first of its kind full integration of solar powered hydrogen production and distribution system supporting a high speed magnetic levitation ( MagLev ) on-demand public transit network built along the right of way of the US Interstate Highway Systems, and any other permissible right of way where such a machine would be of benefit."</i>

Hdyrogen Super Highway or Hydrail

So why not the railways? And why not Stan Meyers' invention? And why not Daniel Dingel's? And why not the DIY fuel cell cars and hydrogen generators? Why not hydrogen aircraft or airship too? And the home hydrogen fueling stations? And the solar and wind hydrogen? And the hydrogen highways? Or use the hydrogen conversion kit to transform vehicles into hybrid ones?


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