Low carbon battery-powered train carries first passengers

Low carbon battery-powered train carries first passengers

Five-week trial will see first battery locomotive operating on the UK rail network in more than 50 years, reports BusinessGreen

A new battery-powered train will pick up its first passengers this week, signalling that the days of noisy and polluting diesel engines may soon be a thing of the past.

Following successful trials of a prototype at test tracks in Derby and Leicestershire last year, the modified Class 379 Electrostar battery-powered train – also known as an Independently Powered Electric Multiple Unit (IPEMU) – will run a weekday service for five weeks between Harwich International and Manningtree stations in Essex.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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