All Aboard the U.K.'s First Hydrogen Train

The United Kingdom’s to start with hydrogen gasoline cell train rolled down the tracks this week, marking a milestone in the world thrust for greener transportation. Travellers climbed aboard the HydroFlex prototype as it ambled as a result of the English countryside—without emitting any of the air pollution that follows diesel locomotives.

HydroFlex is a joint initiative of the College of Birmingham’s Centre for Railway Research and Instruction (BCRRE) and Porterbrook, the British railway business. The workforce demonstrated the 4-car or truck train at a rail testing middle in Warwickshire, exactly where rail aficionados gathered for an industry party. Researchers say they system to test HydroFlex on the key U.K. railway network later on this calendar year, with funding from the Department of Transportation.

“In the subsequent couple years, we could absolutely see a fleet of these operational in the U.K.,” Stuart Hillmansen, a senior lecturer in electrical electricity systems with BCRRE, said in a video at the rail convention.