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Battery-powered train wins industry award for innovation
Last Friday (26/6), the first battery-powered train to run on Britain’s rail network in more than half a century was recognised with its first industry award, picking up the prize for best “cross industry project” at the 2015 Railway Industry Innovation Awards hosted by Modern Railways at the Marriott Grosvenor Square, London.
Batteries included: Prototype battery-powered train carries passengers for first time
The first battery-powered train to run on Britain’s rail network in more than half a century carries its first passengers this week. This marks an important milestone in the project to demonstrate the viability of an eco-friendly battery-powered train for the twenty-first century.
Batteries included: Network Rail begins on-track trials of prototype battery-powered train
Britain’s first battery-powered train is being put through its paces in a series of on-track trials – a move which could ultimately lead to a fleet of battery-powered trains running on Britain’s rail network which are quieter and more efficient than diesel-powered trains, making them better for passengers and the environment.
Battery of tests proves case for building independently-powered EMU demonstrator
Months of lab testing and behind the scenes work has paved the way for work to start on adapting an electric train to run on battery power.
Network Rail investigates independently powered electric trains - batteries included
Network Rail and its partners have begun work to create a prototype battery-powered train, part of an industry study into the feasibility of using electric trains on parts of the network which have not been electrified.
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