Dutch trains get the wind in their sails

All electric trains in the Netherlands are now powered by wind energy. This has happened a year earlier than initially anticipated, following an agreement between Dutch national railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) and power firm Eneco to reach this point by January 2018. The companies will continue to work together as part of the decade-long deal they agreed upon two years ago. […]

India signs MoUs to boost greener railways

Four agreements have been signed in India to boost the carbon footprint of its railways and cut costs. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed to increase co-operation between the Ministry of Power (MoP) and the Ministry of Railways (MoR) for electricity and energy conservation. The aim is to share knowledge on developments in the power […]

$40m loan for energy efficient railways in Kazakhstan

A London-based bank is supporting Kazakhstan’s drive to improve energy efficiency across its railways with a $40 million (£24m) loan. The cash will help national railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) (pictured) finance new technologies to cut energy usage. The project includes upgrading lighting systems to alternative heating solutions such as heat pumps, solar water […]

Solar to help power Delhi metro

Solar is to help power Delhi’s Metro after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) signed an agreement with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to install panels on railway premises. The scheme will begin with a 500kW photovoltaic (PV) pilot project on the rooftop of one of the Delhi Metro stations. To carry out […]

Solar-powered futuristic ‘Hyperloop’ megatrain idea unveiled

A US billionaire entrepreneur has unveiled a new public transport system which he claims could take people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just half an hour. The founder of Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal, Elon Musk claims his supersonic ‘Hyperloop’ will be both cheaper and faster for travellers compared to a conventional rail link. […]

Colombian strike pushed up coal prices

Strikes which rocked Colombia’s coal sector for more than three weeks pushed up power prices. Workers on the country’s main coal-shunting railway have been on an union-organised strike to push for higher wages. Yesterday a Colombian court ruled the strike illegal, say reports. The country is the fourth largest coal exporter but some firms including […]

High Speed Rail study suggests it could cut carbon

The preliminary results of a study into the High Speed 2 railway has shown that the line between Birmingham and London could ultimately reduce carbon emissions in the UK, despite the Government and green groups saying it would be carbon neutral at best. The report’s authors, Greengauge 21, a not-for-profit high speed rail research have […]