EXHIBITION

Hydrogen Hero at Modern Railways RVE 2018

There can’t be many indoor trade shows that are able to feature a fully-functioning locomotive but visitors to Modern Railways RVE 2018 had the opportunity to ride behind the UK’s first fully operating hydrogen train, thanks to a partnership with the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE).

Designed and built in the UK, the 10¼-inch gauge locomotive Hydrogen Hero proved to be a leading attraction at the event and visitors took the opportunity to travel the perimeter of the main hall behind the locomotive as well as to discuss the technology and its development with representatives of BCRRE.

Provision of alternative power sources for trains is a hot topic in the rail industry at present, with politicians giving enthusiastic support to the potential application of hydrogen power in the UK. The development of the demonstration model forms part of research into this area by BCRRE, a leading institution within the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN). The University of Birmingham’s BCRRE is the largest university-based centre for railway research and education in Europe, with more than 140 researchers and staff developing world-leading new technologies and products for trains, railway systems and infrastructure that will deliver a better, more reliable and efficient railway to the UK.

For further details about BCRRE’s work visit https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/railway/index.aspx, or you can follow the Centre on Twitter via @bcrre.

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