Gospel Oak to Barking London Overground route goes fully electric

Transport for London says the new trains are “much better for air quality and the environment” than previous diesel versions

UK’s first hydrogen train gets green light for mainline tests

Its developers say real-world testing is a significant step towards helping to decarbonise the nation’s railways

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Waste heat from HS2 trains ‘could be used to heat hundreds of homes’

Engineers say air source heat pumps could be used to draw warm air from the railway’s tunnels and direct it into households

Hydrogen train on track for 2022 arrival in UK

Alstom and Eversholt Rail have unveiled the design of their new gas-powered train, which has been codenamed ‘Breeze’

Hydrogen trains on track for low carbon freight sector

A Polish coal mining company and a rail freight operator are working together to research the use of the fuel

Rolls-Royce on track for hybrid trains

Virtual reality simulations found its hybrid technology could be used on the Lake Constance Belt Railway to reduce emissions

Hydrogen trains on track for UK arrival

French locomotive giant Alstom will convert an existing fleet of electric trains by fitting them with gas tanks and fuel cells

Could tubes, trains and trams go solar?

Rail, tube and tram networks could be connected directly to trackside solar panels for subsidy-free clean energy. That’s the suggestion from climate change charity 10:10 and Imperial College London’s Energy Futures Lab, which say this could reduce strain on the electricity grid by bypassing it altogether. They believe connecting solar arrays and battery storage units […]

Swap planes for trains ‘to stop emissions in their tracks’

A shift in travel from planes to trains between London and Central Scotland has helped slash 681,064 tonnes of emissions. That’s according to new research published by Transform Scotland, which suggests the proportion of Anglo-Scottish journeys taken by rail grew by 13% between 2005 and 2015, rising from a fifth to a third of all […]

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. […]